Premier Kathy Dunderdale has announced that she is resigning as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and leader of the PC party on Friday.
Dunderdale told reporters in the lobby of Confederation Building, Finance Minister Tom Marshall will replace her as interim premier.
She said ancient Hebrew scriptures say there's a time and season for everything and she feels it is a time now for her to step down.
Incoming premier Tom Marshall said he feels that Dunderdale will be remembered fondly, in the long run.
“I think history will be a lot kinder to her than the way she’s been treated today. She’s a remarkable woman. She’s a remarkable leader. She’s always been passionate about the people and about this province,” he said. “As the first woman premier, it was time that glass ceiling was broken.”
As for her exit, Marshall rejected the notion that she’d been forced out by the party.
“She left as she served, with dignity and a lot of grace,” he said
The mood expressed by many of her political allies was that they were happy for her to be leaving on her own terms.
“We’re really going to miss her,” said Business Minister Charlene Johnson. “She was a great leader and a great friend.”
Premier Kathy Dunderdale smiled, but didn't say anything to the crush of reporters as she walked into a critical caucus meeting this morning.
Dunderdale is expected to announce her resignation today.
As Tory MHAs and ministers streamed into the meeting, they looked upbeat and neutral.
None of them offered any real comment to the media.
Finance Minister Tom Marshall only said, "We'll see what happens, it's Newfoundland politics. It can change on a dime," as he entered the building.
Marshall is expected to become interim premier after Dunderdale exits.
None of the perceived frontrunners, Paul Davis, Keith Hutchings, Darin King and Derrick Dalley offered any comment.
Dunderdale is expected to make the public announcement around 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Confederation Building.
Premier Kathy Dunderdale will announce her resignation this morning, following a caucus meeting at Confederation Building.
Sources within the Progressive Conservative caucus told The Telegram and TC Media Tuesday that Dunderdale will step down at a news conference after she speaks to her caucus at Confederation Building at 9:30 a.m.
According to one source, Finance Minister Tom Marshall will serve as interim premier while the Progressive Conservative party goes through a leadership process.
In December, Dunderdale adamantly denied that she was resigning in a year-end interview with The Telegram, but Tuesday’s news comes at the end of an incredibly tough month for her.
She was widely criticized for how she handled a week of electricity disruptions, rolling blackouts and electrical failures that left hundreds of thousands of people without power.
On Monday, Tory stalwart Paul Lane announced he was leaving the party to join the Liberals, in large part because he could not support Dunderdale’s leadership.
Dunderdale was on vacation in Florida Monday, but made a hasty return to the province.
The province’s Elections Act requires that an election must be held within one year of a new premier being sworn in.