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Jerome Kennedy

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..


(Earlier story)

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.



Organizations: The Compass, Tory

Geographic location: Carbonear

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  • Mike
    September 30, 2013 - 19:11

    Pay attention folks, this is how it begins. Dunderdale's days are numbered, so she must take advantage of the time she has to see her "faithful" rewarded. Kennedy has been a true "party pitbull" he has taken on the more difficult portfolios, twice taking over for Marshall because Marshall can't handle confrontation. Kennedy is not one of the best criminal defence lawyers in the province, the top three all work for legal aid! His former firm is rumoured to be facing financial difficulties largely due to the difficulty associated with criminal defence work in NL. My bet is that there is an appointment in Jerome's future, likely a judicial appointment (more support for chief judge Pike, and he needs it). I do not like Kennedy, but I wish him well in whatever he does. Voters need to be ready for more tory caucus defections, who knows, Liberals may win control through bi-elections...a first?

  • William 29
    September 30, 2013 - 15:55

    Like the headline says, refuses to Comment. Must be Bill 29 again! I heard Steve Kent on a radio talk show last week and I thunk that I was listening third party to phone scam. When asked a straight forward question, twice, the ministers assistant of public engage, none the less, couldn't even answer with the truth. So it doesn't surprise me one bit. Its more than a trend.

  • Jayne
    September 30, 2013 - 15:30

    Wanna take bets on who's next? My money is on Joan Shea. She is out there hiding in the woodwork somewhere I guess, but she has been a non factor since removing programs from the CNA. Pension earned [sic] and with Dunderdale's latest polling, Shea will grab onto Jerome's coattail as he jumps ship.

  • DM
    September 30, 2013 - 14:11

    Do you people really think that Jerome Kennedy is worried about the little bit of pension he will get? He is one of the best lawyers in this province, I think he will do alright with or without the pension. Remember he did NOT make the rules. Good luck Jerome.

  • son smith
    September 30, 2013 - 13:50

    he is being appointed to the bench ,supreme court , and for good reason , he is very good

    • Singer
      September 30, 2013 - 19:05

      He's also good at protecting his own hide. He lambasted the governments appointment of lacky judegs (I agree) during the Antonio Lamer Inquiry but recanted everything when confronted with censure from The Law Society saying he was taken out of context if I recall corectly.

  • Objective met
    September 30, 2013 - 13:48

    I equate this to the similar exit by Premier Williams. He is goal oriented and felt that he needed to finish the job that was asked of him, which is to negotiate new deals with NAPE and CUPE. Objective met, exit stage left.

  • Ted Williams
    September 30, 2013 - 13:45

    "The current pension plan for MHAs is a defined benefit plan which vests after an MHA has served at least 5 years and in 2 separate Assemblies." Da Bulldog wins again!!!!

  • Objective met
    September 30, 2013 - 13:43

    I equate this to the similar exit by Premier Williams. He is goal oriented and felt that he needed to finish the job that was asked of him, which is to negotiate new deals with NAPE and CUPE. Objective met, exit stage left.

  • Too Funny
    September 30, 2013 - 12:02

    Just in long enough to get the pension, how Tobin-like.

  • j thomas
    September 30, 2013 - 10:58

    Its a sign of things to come for the public service when Jerome bows out . The pensions will be based on ten best years of your career and premiums are doubling . JES will mean lower pay for some to give a raise to others. Time to get out soon if your eligible for retirement . The retirement incentive will help some transition to the private sector this spring.

    • Union Rep.
      September 30, 2013 - 11:47

      That's a load of fear mongering BS. Nothing of the sort has been discussed concerning pensions and as for the JES scale, no one working when it comes into play on April 15th 2015 will be paid lower. Those affected are being red- flagged meaning they will continue to earn what they'll be making at that time. Get the facts before mouthing off.

    • Corporate Psycho
      September 30, 2013 - 19:34

      Hey union rep. JES is being rammed down members throats. People will be making less money or never get a raise for 10 years. U need to get the facts straight. U r spreading misinformation.

    • jason
      October 01, 2013 - 10:00

      To Union Rep maybe you should learn the terms before you open your mouth also. Its RED CIRCLED not Red Flagged lol

    • jason
      October 01, 2013 - 10:04

      To Union Rep maybe you should learn the terms before you open your mouth also. Its RED CIRCLED not Red Flagged lol Also if you were a real union rep you would see the flaws with the new JES

  • David
    September 30, 2013 - 10:52

    I don't know what the rules are but Oct. 9 will be 6 years in power and 2 elections for Mr. Kennedy.

    • Thomas
      September 30, 2013 - 11:35

      Yes. He will cross the finish line and get his pension. As you and I would.

  • saelcove
    September 30, 2013 - 10:45

    O happy days

  • PC's Changing the Channel
    September 30, 2013 - 10:44

    Interesting how this breaks on the final day the Liberals can sign up members for their leadership vote. Now the questions are becoming who will lead the PC's into the next General Election, not the who will lead the Liberals. Clever. Changing the channel.

  • James
    September 30, 2013 - 10:23

    Jerome has never had an easy portfolio. From the H1N1 fiasco in health to the Muskrat deal with natural resources to the latest on the budget with finance. It's a thankless job. Guess he has had enough. And why not. Walk away from it and add 15 years to his life.

  • Filly
    September 30, 2013 - 09:58

    I called this weeks ago. You can tell that he has been checkout out for awhile. He went from a bulldog to a poodle. He will not be missed.

  • Chris
    September 30, 2013 - 09:49

    This is the Pension Plan the government needs to clamp down on!

  • Jack
    September 30, 2013 - 09:46

    One more rat off the sinking ship

  • Saucy Face
    September 30, 2013 - 09:42

    The rats are deserting the sinking ship.

  • dan
    September 30, 2013 - 09:40

    Could this mean Premier Paul Lane or Premier Steve Kent in the future. Even Jerome knows it all became a joke. Good Luck in the mining sector.

  • Don II
    September 30, 2013 - 09:37

    It appears that Minister Kennedy, who is an intelligent man and if the speculation is correct, has seen the real financial books and projections for the economy of the Province including the projections for massive project cost over runs, substantial financial losses and increasing debts that will be created by the Muskrat Falls project. Coupled with the permanent loss of equalization transfer payments from the Government of Canada, it appears that Minister Kennedy has realized that he cannot fix that ever worsening fiscal mess and does not want to be remembered in history as being the Minister who was at the fiscal helm of the Province when that quickly approaching financial storm hits home for real. It appears that Minister Kennedy would prefer to leave a more positive legacy from his short time in politics. It appears that the time to leave the ship of State before it hits the debt iceberg and goes to the bottom of the fiscal sea may have arrived. When the inevitable Cabinet shuffle happens, I wonder who will draw the short straw to become the unlucky successor to Minister Kennedy?

    • Eli
      September 30, 2013 - 11:49

      "...a more positive legacy"? Come off it Don.

  • Eli
    September 30, 2013 - 09:11

    Lord knows, he's done enough damage, culminating with his force feeding us Muskrat Falls with the cowardly power of Bill 29 behind him.

  • grant
    September 30, 2013 - 08:45

    He don't want to stay around and go down with the ship.

  • Steve
    September 30, 2013 - 08:29

    Someone should check the MHA pension rules. I think it's 6 years, twice elected. Is the timing of this resignation just enough to get over the line?