Paul Lane takes on role as opposition critic for Service NL

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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.

Organizations: Service NL, Tory Party, Department of Justice Department of Education Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.All Official Opposition Caucus

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  • Elite MtPearlian
    January 22, 2014 - 15:40

    Good move by Paul Lane. I just looked on Wikipedia and saw the last liberal candidate in Mount Pearl South didn't even get 300 votes last time around. With a loser like that as a predecessor, Lane will quadruple the Liberal vote in that district and be appointed Liberal leader in no time! Just goes to prove that the Liberals are nothing more than opportunistic vote-grabbers more interested in their own careers than they are in their party policy.

  • Carl
    January 22, 2014 - 14:51

    Now that's what you call knowing what you got. Day 2 and become a critic. Laugh , laugh , laugh