As of late morning, Premier Kathy Dunderdale's office has said it will not comment on speculation that Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy is planning to leave politics.
There also has been no reply from Kennedy's office to emails and voicemail messages left by The Telegram..
By Transcontinental Media — Carbonear
Speculation is mounting that Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy is about to exit provincial politics.
Media reports today indicate that Kennedy, a powerful figure in the governments of both former premier Danny Williams and current leader Kathy Dunderdale, will step aside in the coming days.
Kennedy is currently the Minister of Finance, but has held other cabinet posts, including Health, Justice and Natural Resources.
Kennedy has not yet addressed the speculation. However, The Compass spoke with a fellow member of the Tory caucus in recent day, and when asked if Kennedy might soon be leaving politics, he replied: "I wouldn't be surprised."
Kennedy is a lawyer, and hails from Carbonear. He was first elected in 2007.