UPDATE: Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy announces resignation

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First elected in 2007 as a member of the House of Assembly, Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy is stepping down as minister and MHA, and has announced he will not run for re-election.

Kennedy said his exit is not due to polling or any specific disagreement with the premier.

"I'm 53 years old right now and I've been away from the practice for a few years," Kennedy said, noting he would have to rebuild his clientele.

He would not say what law firm he might be joining, but said his start date is set for Nov. 1.

"For me, it's time to go."

Kennedy's exit comes as negotiations conclude with the province's major public sector unions.

Joining the government of Danny Williams, Kennedy has since held major portfolios for the Progressive Conservatives, including Justice, Health and Natural Resources.

This article has been updated

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(Earlier story)

Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy and Premier Kathy Dunderdale will be speaking to reporters this morning at 11 a.m.

It's believed that Kennedy will announce his decision to leave provincial politics.

Rumours were swirling Monday that Kennedy was about to announce his departure from politics. However, the premier's office would not comment on the speculation.

According to a government news release, Kennedy and the premier will also discuss this morning a tentative agreement reached with the Association of AlliedHealth Professionals (AAHP), which represents approximately 600 public employees.

The tentative four-year agreement includes the same framework as the previously reached deal with the Newfoundland Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) including a five per cent salary increase over the term of the agreement.

It consists of no salary increase in the first two years, two per cent in the third year, and three per cent in the fourth year of the contract. In addition, all employees will receive a signing bonus of $1,400 on a pro-rated basis, in the second year of the agreement.

“We have been successful in negotiating this third tentative agreement in recent weeks, and I would like to thank all those involved in the negotiation process for their hard work and patience,” Dunderdale said in the news release, “The same framework is in place as with the agreements reached recently, providing an overall five per cent salary increase, and benefits in recognition of our public employees.”

The agreement will be voted on by AAHP members in the coming weeks.

“We are pleased to reach this agreement to the satisfaction of both parties,” Kennedy said in the release. “This deal, on the heels of agreements with other public sector unions, is a great step forward for our public employees.”

The Telegram will provide an update on the media briefing as soon as more information is available this morning.

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(Earlier story)

Premier Kathy Dunderdale's office said Monday it will not comment on speculation that Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy is planning to leave politics.

There was also no reply from Kennedy's office to emails and voicemail messages left by The Telegram.

Some media reports Monday speculated the Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy is about to exit provincial politics within a week or two.

Kennedy is currently the Finance minister, but has held other cabinet posts, including Health, Justice and Natural Resources.

Kennedy has not yet addressed the speculation.

However, The Compass newspaper spoke with a fellow

member of the Tory caucus in recent days, 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.

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Organizations: The Compass, Tory

Geographic location: Carbonear

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  • Brian
    October 02, 2013 - 19:58

    No Jerome, I guess that there were many areas of conflict that made it easier for you to leave politics . Who's next?

  • fed up citizen
    October 02, 2013 - 19:47

    Wasting billions of dollars on an unneeded project has put us in a defecit situation through this governments incompetence . Mr Kennedy knows this and had a big part in causing our provinces financial problems. Our 2 billion dollar fund that Danny brought home and most of our oil money has been secretly funnelled into SNC Lavalin, Nalcor and their corporate friends . But, hey bill 29 takes care of all that for now! Hopefully a new government will open the books and people will be held accountable in the future . When a lawyer gets out in the middle of his term you know somethings just not right.

  • Harvey
    October 02, 2013 - 16:02

    The truth shall set you free...Many politicians will, in some way, be imprisoned forever.

  • Ron
    October 02, 2013 - 14:22

    Nfld should elect the Liberals so they can ruin it like they have done in Ontario, double the deth, double hydro and have a million unemployed and tax,tax,tax and the NDP are even worst.

  • Scott Free
    October 02, 2013 - 13:49

    Best stay clear of the exits at CONfusion Bldg; coat-tail Tories are bailing out; many more to come.

  • BAYMAN
    October 02, 2013 - 13:00

    Allelulia !.

  • Jayne
    October 02, 2013 - 12:10

    You are right Jack. But know this: Shea is first and foremost loyal to Shea! Only when there is a very good reason - usually in the name of self-interests - will Shea spare some of that loyalty with Dunderdale.

  • Francis
    October 02, 2013 - 11:46

    2007 - 2013. Coincidence or pension.

  • Todd
    October 02, 2013 - 11:08

    Hallelujah! Now if only the sorry excuse for a premier would answer our prayers.

  • IAMtheJIB
    October 02, 2013 - 11:08

    Rightly so! Every last one of those people should resign. They should also be so ashamed of themselves for what they have done to this province that they should have the decency to leave this province and never return like the political criminals they are. This is the result of picking leaders from a pool of lawyers and business executives. If you pick flowers from a poison ivy patch, don't expect to pick roses. Our system of government is broken and flawed and I fear only a complete collapse will open citizens eyes to what has happened.

  • Pauline
    October 02, 2013 - 10:57

    I Think Mr Kennedy is a honorable man to be stepping down before 2015, He could hung around like Tom Marshalls and milk the people little more, But Mr Kennedy. is doing the right thing. What do you have to say about this Mr Eddy Joyce? lol..

  • Derek
    October 02, 2013 - 10:30

    Yeah folks, kiss them all good bye..... like we have a good bunch of alternatives waiting in the bullpen called the Liberal or NDP party.

    • Me Next
      October 02, 2013 - 10:56

      That's correct Derek we do.

    • Me Next
      October 02, 2013 - 11:01

      That's correct Derek we do.

    • Bill Smith
      Bill Smith
      October 02, 2013 - 11:25

      Th Liberals or NDP are much better alternatives to the Dunderdale government, and I am a former PC supporter saying this.

  • Good Riddance.
    October 02, 2013 - 10:18

    Leaving us with 50-years of mega loan payments; The secrecy act; Cut off services to the public in a have province with "more pride but less money" and that's just a few of the things he's done. Yup. He's a real class act, that feller.

    • Eli
      October 02, 2013 - 12:28

      If the reaction to a few people in Carbonear on the TV News last nite, it would appear to me the whole community will have withdrawls from now 'till Christmas. Guess they love being kept in the dark about what happens in Confederation and the 50-year straig-jacket of Muskrat Falls.

  • Jack
    October 02, 2013 - 09:56

    Jerome Kennedy's resignation marks a great day for Newfoundland and Labrador as it spells the end of the evil Dunderdale and her "Harperite" regime. I won't be surprised if more members of Dunderdale's inner circle will call it quits.

    • Ed. Anstey
      October 03, 2013 - 12:39

      jack you are right on but that bunch of clowns have nowhere else to go so they will cling on till the voters throw them out. not soon enough to please me.

  • Darrell
    October 02, 2013 - 09:37

    I guess politicians like Brazil, Little and Little John are praying to get elected one more time so they too can get the elusive politician election. Don't hold your breath boys, I hope you have a plan B.

    • HUGHIE BOY
      October 02, 2013 - 22:59

      Kent,Lane and Braziel, E mails comeing. Don't forget we Mrs Premier

  • Bill Smith
    Bill Smith
    October 02, 2013 - 09:11

    At least Kennedy is willing to leave on his own unlike the rest who will stay on until they are removed from power in 2015. I'm not sure why Kennedy is resigning early but it might have to do with the direction that Dunderdale is taking government, something which a lot of people see except the remaining 20% of blind followers. Not to mention Kennedy has helped ruin so many lives and families with the recent budget cuts, I can understand why he can't stay on, I wouldn't be able to live with myself for a lot of the actions he has been a part of. Go back to private life and try to forget, that's the best he can do.

  • wavy
    October 02, 2013 - 09:01

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Na-na-na-na....hey-ey-ey...goodbye Drome! Et toi, Madame Dunderdale?

    • Thomas
      October 02, 2013 - 11:33

      Careful what you wish for. The alternatives and their policies are grimm

  • Filly
    October 02, 2013 - 08:58

    You wait for a day like this forever, and when it arrives you don't know how to feel... If I never see or hear from Jerome again in my life I will be very happy. Come on 2015 so we can turf Kathy and the rest....

  • saelcove
    October 01, 2013 - 10:48

    The rats are leaving the sinking ship

  • Pensionable
    October 01, 2013 - 09:57

    They've got enough political pension time in, so SEE YA!

  • Jayne
    October 01, 2013 - 09:27

    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. And to make the chain complete, the Chair of the Board of Directors of Nalcor will be grabbing onto Shea’s petticoats as she hurdles topsides.

    • Jack
      October 02, 2013 - 10:02

      Jayne, since Joan Shea is known for being highly loyal to Dunderdale, I don't think she will go next. I say Tom Marshall, Darin King, or Clyde Jackman will be next. Clyde Jackman could be next due to the negative heat from the formation of school superboards.

    • Blunt
      October 02, 2013 - 10:15

      Tom Marshall........his retirement has been mentioned around a couple govt water coolers in the last couple of months

  • Doug
    October 01, 2013 - 08:28

    The first rat has his life preserver strapped on and is standing on the rail...

    • Maxine Roberts
      October 02, 2013 - 10:23

      Fed Up! Well Kennedy is the second to jump ship. Osbourne crossed the floor and as for Shay, well it's not much odds about her anyway every government dept. she was responsible for she screwed up. Can't wait for the next election won't vote P C again.