Dunderdale stepping down Friday

James McLeod
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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.”

(Earlier story)

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.


(Earlier story)

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.


Organizations: Confederation Building, Progressive Conservative Party

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Florida

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  • watchfromafar
    January 23, 2014 - 14:23

    Fabulous news! Now, how to get rid of the party, on both provincial and federal levels?

  • Pearl Bishop
    January 23, 2014 - 12:06

    A very intelligent response to our Premier 's resignation. Let's see what the Liberals will do if by chance they become the next party to lead Nfld and Labrador. Watch the deficit skyrocket then. Off course, when they have to raise taxes, they will blame it on the Conservatives . The whining Nflders will start again. If you had listened to Premier Dunderdale's resignation speech, a lot was accomplished in the short time she she was our leader.

  • Curious
    January 22, 2014 - 14:35

    I wonder what her standing would be had she not had Muskrat falls foisted upon her. It seems this hair-brained money drain to this province could not have ended well regardless of who was at the helm. Danny set this ball in motion and now it is taking out everything and everyone in its path. Is Tom going to be prepared to pull the plug now or will he have even the guts to?

    • george p b
      January 22, 2014 - 16:50

      I agree that she inherited Muskrat Falls...I hope that Tom will give us some numbers to chew on--for example total cost, potential market places, and projected revenue. Give us something to chew on, not political pablum...

  • Kilgore Trout
    January 22, 2014 - 14:07

    Anyone believing that Mukrat Falls will be scrapped if the Liberals form the next government is delusional. That ship has most certainly set sail. I'd imagine it's going to be quite awkward for hypothetical Premier Ball.

  • wilfred williams
    January 22, 2014 - 12:55

    She's gone boy she's gone!!!!

  • newfoundland
    January 22, 2014 - 10:04

    A great day for Newfoundland

  • Graham
    January 22, 2014 - 10:03

    Glad to see that the surgery to remove Steve Kent from Dundedrdales back side went well. Come on 2015 so we can dump the rest of them.

  • saelcove
    January 22, 2014 - 09:15


  • Islander
    January 22, 2014 - 07:18

    Premier Dunderdale was just as good Premier as some of the other lousy ones we had in the past. CLyde Wells, Brian Peckford, Danny Williams....". remember out till the cows come home"...... She was stabbed in the back by a lousy bunch of brown nosers and men at that.... Lorraine Michael did the right thing stand up to them and face them head on.... It seems as those the men can't take orders from a woman leader..... NOT VOTING IN THE NEXT ELECTION.... GOT NO ONE OF INTEREST OR TRUSTHWORTHINESS.

  • Justin
    January 21, 2014 - 23:52

    Given the track record so far, it's hard to not be negative toward her, but fair's fair--she doesn't seem to have what it takes to be a leader or a premier, but she's still a human being and she's quite likely a good one. So, it's probably a good thing politically if she steps down--but at the same time, sincerest best wishes to her for whatever comes next and hopefully she'll be able to carry on in life without having to deal with constant scrutiny due to her time in office,

  • Gerry Shortall
    January 21, 2014 - 23:37

    If true, this is very unfortunate outcome for Premier Kathy Dunderdale. She has worked tirelessly for the Province . She has handled the most difficult files for years with competence, intelligence and a very sound business sense. She has given selflessly for the good of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and is now throwing in the towell. Why? Because what person wants to live with the unreasoned vitriol she has endured? I can't in any way blame her, I'm just very sorry to see her unfairly driven away like this. Thank you Premier Dunderdale for all of your contributions to make this place stronger, wealthier and more successful than it has ever been in its history. You did a great job building on the foundation that Premier Williams began. You will be greatly missed. You detractors are idiots and will soon get the Government they deserve. Transfer payments will arrive again!

  • Cyril Rogers
    January 21, 2014 - 23:08

    The Premier was in an impossible position from the beginning. She took over from one of the most popular leaders ever seen in the province and could go nowhere but down. Having said that, she came across as arrogant but inept whereas her predecessor was arrogant but considered to be strong and capable. He pandered to our nationalism and pride but, in reality, his popularity was more fluff than substance. Ms Dunderdale fell on the sword that he planted when he announced Muskrat Falls before scurrying away to let her take the heat. Unfortunately, Muskrat Falls will not be stopped although it still can be…simply because the movers and shakers in the province have too many fingers in that pie. If you want to know why it is going ahead look no further than the vested interests of the new robber barons. I wish Ms Dunderdale no ill-will but will never forgive her cavalier approach to blindly proceeding with Muskrat Falls….or was she being pushed and prodded?? The damage to the province's economy and to ordinary people will reverberate through several decades and, for that, I largely blame Ms Dunderdale for being manipulated by these self-serving cretins.

  • Cindy Kelly
    January 21, 2014 - 22:52

    I live away. Still love my home. And have been watching. Please, tell me, what does this province need? I would love to hear.

  • Susan Morrison
    January 21, 2014 - 21:43

    I am hopeful that this resignation does not happen. I understand her reluctance to continue under the circumstances but she has been the lead on major files of the government under Williams and under her own leadership. To step away suddenly is not necessary the best solution for the province or in the long run for the party.

  • Dave Smith
    January 21, 2014 - 21:42

    Premier had no other choice at this time. Amazing how our politicians operate behind the backs of their leaders. Mount Pearl will be interesting next election as Lane and Kent have 0 chances of getting elected..

  • what a relief
    January 21, 2014 - 21:40

    YAY.... She resigns now that the damage is done to the province. @Tony Rockel- lets hope so... fingers crossed.

  • Tony Rockel
    January 21, 2014 - 21:35

    --- and now let's pull the plug on Muskrat Falls.