Top contenders mum on leadership

James McLeod
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Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s resignation Wednesday will set in motion a whole series of political ripples through the government, but for today, Tories were just talking about her accomplishments and her legacy.

For the time being, Finance Minister Tom Marshall will take the job as interim premier, but the jockeying for the permanent gig is bound to start almost immediately.Within the Tory caucus, five cabinet ministers are widely seen to

be the favour-ites: Justice

Minister Darin King, Fisheries Minister Keith Hutchings, Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley, Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent, and Child, Youth and Family Services Minister Paul Davis.

All five were in the crowd of MHAs flanking Dunderdale during her resignation speech, but Davis and King made quick exits after it was over.

Dalley wouldn’t even say that he’s thinking about running for the top job; on Wednesday, he said he just wanted to focus to stay on Dunderdale.

“I’m certainly proud of her,

and I certainly respect the decision that she’s made,” he said. “If you look at the past three years, we’ve had tremendous successes in this province. I think we can point to Muskrat Falls, which is a tremendous piece of work.”

As for the future of the party, Dalley said he’s optimistic, but leave that for another day.

“This is about Premier Dunderdale today. All I can say is I believe our party is in great shape, I believe our province is in our great shape. I suspect there’s going to be quite a bit of interest in leading our party and leading our province,” he said.

Hutchings, similarly, wanted to keep the focus on Dunderdale Wednesday.

“Today is certainly a reflection on the premier’s 10 years in public life,” he said. “Anybody who spends 10 years in public life, certainly, in the role she was in, certainly, as a province we need to be appreciative of that and, you know, certainly be proud of her accomplishments.”

As for his own future, Hutchings said,  he’s thinking about it.

“That’s something we’ll certainly work through over the coming days.”

The PC Party is expected to hold a leadership race and pick a new leader this spring, but none of the details have been nailed down yet.

Meanwhile, some of Dunderdale’s closest allies in politics were just sad to see her go.

“She’s just a kind, considerate, principled lady that we will greatly miss,” Business Minister Charlene Johnson said.

 “At the same time, I’m very happy for her. She’s happy. She’s come to this decision on her own. We’ve all supported her from day one, and I wish her all the best.”

Organizations: Tory, Youth and Family Services, PC Party

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Recent comments

  • Tony Rockel
    January 24, 2014 - 00:53

    No doubt the job will go to whoever is dumb enough to continue promoting Muskrat Falls.

  • Dolf
    January 23, 2014 - 14:51

    Those sitting MHA's will get their wish if King gets the nod. They're all in trouble at home for not standing up to Bill 29. Rest assured the arrogant King would put a time-lock on it!

  • eliz
    January 23, 2014 - 08:30

    Paul lane got a shocker when cathy resigned. He is so full of himself he thought he was going to take the province by storm We don't even want him in Mount Pearl. Will somebody ask him what happened yesterday when he appeared at a gathering of 180 people all seniors. They where having their weekly card game at the Park place(the former legion). They all booed him and told him to leave.Pat on the back for those people. Please do not publish my gmail address.

    • Queen
      January 23, 2014 - 09:22

      Looks good on him, Eliz! Hope his constituents give him the boot!

  • Robert
    January 23, 2014 - 06:52

    The job up for the taking is opposition leader! The PCs barely got KD to take on the job and being Premier for a day or 2 was what decided . I'm sure somebody will step forward but some bait will be needed.