In announcing changes in critic roles for the opposition, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball has given newly acquired MHA Paul Lane duties as critic for Service NL.
Liberal Leader Dwight Ball and MHA Paul Lane appear before media in St. John's on Monday. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
In the first political shock of the week, Lane announced on Monday he had left the Tory Party and was joining the Liberals.
The announcement of Lane’s new duties with the Liberals comes on the heels of the second, and much bigger, political story of the week — today’s announcement by Premier Kathy Dunderdale that she is stepping down.
Finance Minister Tom Marshall will be stepping in as interim premier.
Other adjustments to the official opposition critic roles include: Jim Bennett, MHA for St. Barbe, will now serve as the critic for the Department of Justice and the Department of Education; and Sam Slade, MHA for Carbonear–Harbour Grace, will now serve as the critic for the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
All other critic roles within the Official Opposition Caucus remain unchanged.