Sam Slade surprised at premier's resignation announcement

Melissa Jenkins
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The provincial government’s newest MHA Sam Slade — representative of Carbonear-Harbour Grace and member of the official opposition Liberals — was surprised at the announcement of Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s resignation this morning (Jan. 22).

Sam Slade in his red jacket with Liberal leader Dwight Ball not far behind, immediately following his byelection victory Dec. 2, 2013

Slade, who has recently retired as a fisherman to assume the duties in office, said the past few months have been hard on Dunderdale and the governing Tories due to some negative feedback received from the public, but the announcement still, “wasn’t really expected.”

“I think Kathy did what she thought was right,” he said in a phone interview with The Compass. “And I wish her well in all her endeavours.”

When asked how he felt about Tom Marshall taking on the role of Premier, he said it didn’t matter who took the position.

“Whether it’s Kathy or Tom (sitting in the Premier’s seat), doesn’t matter to me,” Slade said after Dunderdale’s announcement. “I just look forward to working for the people of my district, and bringing their concerns to the table.”

Although he has not yet sat in the House, Slade said he’s anxious for it to open and his work to begin.


Missing from news conference

Slade was not on hand for a news conference this week when MHA for Mount Pearl South Paul Lane crossed the floor from the governing Progressive Conservatives to the opposing Liberals.

Slade was in Carbonear while Liberal leader Dwight Ball and several members of the Liberal caucus gathered at Smitty’s in Mount Pearl Monday (Jan. 20) to make the announcement.

He attended a cheque presentation for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador that morning at the Carbonear council chamber — presenting the money raised from the Mayor’s Walk in Carbonear while he was still the mayor.

“I made a commitment to an event, and you can’t turn your back on that,” Slade said. “It was a meaningful event for me.”

The town raised the most money in the event for the third year in a row. It was initially created in 2005 after late mayor Claude Garland of Carbonear died suddenly of a heart attack. Garland and Slade were good friends, and sat together on council.

Slade said Ball had no problem allowing him to attend the event he was committed to.

“We had a teleconference before the announcement,” he explained. “If we couldn’t make (the meeting), we could do it on the phone.”

Organizations: The Compass, Progressive Conservatives, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador Carbonear council chamber

Geographic location: Carbonear, Mount Pearl

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Recent comments

  • Sammy Claus
    January 26, 2014 - 09:51

    The only thing that Sammy is going to 'claw' is what he can 'claw' for himself... As for Sammy Claus waiting to start MHA, work when the House reopens in the Spring, his main 'claw' right now is working on getting the no man's land, top of Bunker's Hill paved, and new street lights installed, where he recently built a desolate house... Of course, the Carbonear tax payers will pay the bill... But, Carbonear taxpayers get what they deserve... Several, at length, letters have been published in the Compass pointing out the near seemingly state of corruption as the Council wasted money on -Xmas parties, BBQ's and the like... That's where "Sammy Claus" is coming from... Shame!!!

  • Rholding
    January 22, 2014 - 13:27

    Sammy you are suppose to be working now and start working the day you get elected not when the house opens. Look out folks of carbonear and harbour grace we got a real duzey here. Sam a minister.... I won't hold my breath.

    • Wayne
      January 23, 2014 - 07:59

      Mr Holding, MHA Sam Slade has been non stop working sense he has been elected. What he said was he can't wait to start to get to work in the house. He is at his office everyday feel free to stop by and see how busy he is. Don't try to read more into a comment that's not there. He's office is at 27 goff avenue,

    • citizen
      January 23, 2014 - 08:51

      Don't expect Sam to do anything. Was not responsible for anything meaningful while on council. RHolding pls don't get the crowd wound up about their Sam, he is a god, a god who did and will continue to do nothing. Just send an email or tweet or ask him to look up something online. Settle down Wayne, more crap will be thrown at Sam, than you can shovel. And yes we know you can shovel good. Doubtful this will be printed at it goes against the article. Time will tell.

    • Tim
      January 23, 2014 - 09:49

      Oh ya, with his eloquent speaking skills, im sure Ball will want sammy claus front and center when the house opens. what a joke.

    • Carbman
      January 30, 2014 - 09:38

      @ citizen......"Don't expect Sam to do anything. Was not responsible for anything meaningful while on council." Yet you sarcastically refer to him as a god (by the people of Carbonear I assume you mean). Are you trying to say that the majority of the people who voted all these years are blind or stupid? Seems to me your "views" are heavily conflicted with the majority of Carbonear.