Published on January 22, 2014
Finance Minister Tom Marshall is seen with Premier Kathy Dunderdale after she announced this morning that she will be resigining Friday and Marshall will replace her as interim premier. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Published on December 20, 2013
— Canadian Press file photo
Published on January 20, 2014
Liberal Leader Dwight Ball and MHA Paul Lane appearing before media in St. John's Monday. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Says he's content with his decision to leave Tories and join the Liberals
MHA Paul Lane who left the PC party this week to join the Liberals, said today he's quite content with his decision, even though Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced today her decision to resign on Friday.
"Public service is never easy. It's a tough job, certainly tough on the family, and I wish her all the best," said Lane. On whether her departure would have changed his mind before he crossed the floor, Lane said, "I'm quite content with the decision I made. I made the decision for the reasons I gave. I did it for the people of my district. I was listening to the people of my district. I don't regret the decision I've made, and on a go-forward basis, I'm just going to be working on behalf of the people of Mount Pearl South as I always have."
Marshall right for the job: Williams
Former premier Danny Williams congratulated Tom Marshall on taking his new post this morning after the resignation of Kathy Dunderdale.
“I wish to thank outgoing Premier Dunderdale for her many years of service to the province. Political life is never easy and anyone who steps up to the plate deserves to be acknowledged and appreciated for their commitment and work,” Williams said in a statement.
“Tom is an incredibly dedicated and passionate Newfoundlander and Labradorian who has given many years of his life to public service. He has earned tremendous respect throughout this province and has served in public life with a huge heart for social issues and a great mind for economic policy.
"I am confident that he will continue to bring these attributes to the Premier’s office. It is indeed a tough job that requires a steady hand, and I believe that during this interim period the province will be well served by a gentleman like Tom Marshall. He is truly a statesman and will be a great steward for the province. I wish him the very best in his new role.”