Ball commends Dunderdale for years of service

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Michael says premier never cared about regular people’s issues

For the first time, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball didn’t seem interested in attacking Premier Kathy Dunderdale when he spoke to the media Wednesday morning.

“I’m sure it was a difficult decision for the premier today,” he told reporters, shortly after Dunderdale announced that she’ll be stepping down as premier. “I want to commend her on her years in public service.”

As leader of the Official Opposition, Ball has been just about the most unwavering critic in the province when it comes to Dunderdale’s government, but on Wednesday he talked about the strides she’s made for women in the province.

“She’s the first female premier in our province,” he said. “I think that’s something that she seemed very proud of — and should be very proud of, by the way.”

But one person who wouldn’t cut Dunderdale any breaks was NDP Leader Lorraine Michael.

She said that Dunderdale’s heart might have been in the right place, but that wasn’t enough.

“I think she really believed she was working for Newfoundland and Labrador. However, many people in the province do not feel that the policies of the government really met their needs,” Michael told reporters. “The issues that affect people in their daily lives are issues that didn’t seem to be of the same importance to the premier.”

With Dunderdale’s resignation, both opposition parties now need to rethink their political schedules.

The next election was supposed to happen in October 2015, but now it needs to happen within one year of the Tories picking a permanent new leader.

“We’re preparing as if the next provincial election could be as early as this spring,” Ball said. “From the way I look at it, there’s probably three windows there — it would be this spring, this fall, or next spring. But clearly, we had to be prepared now for the earliest possible date, which could be this spring.”

Michael, for her part, said

that the party is looking forward to a convention on the May 24

weekend, which will involve election planning and a leadership review.

Micheal said she believes that the best way for her party to grow is by refocusing on its core messages.

“The only thing we can do as a party is stay focused on our platform and our goals. And I believe that people in this province really see us as the voice of the people,” she said.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Guy Incognito
    January 23, 2014 - 08:16

    Unlike Michael, Ball has some class and realizes that there is nothing to be gained by kicking someone on the way out. He makes himself look better by taking the high road.

  • ricky
    January 23, 2014 - 08:12

    And that is the reason why Lorraine Michael will NEVER be anything more then she is right now. The woman doesn't even have the class to just say thank you and leave it at that. She's a bitter old woman and if the NDP don't want to get their rear ends handed to them in the next election, they better get rid of her as well.

  • Just Asking
    January 23, 2014 - 08:05

    Dunderdale said the PC party will start the ball rolling on picking a new premier and Ball is commending the premier on her service. So what's the difference between the PC's and Libs or do they just give someone the title of premier every once in a while until the going gets rough?

  • Randy
    January 23, 2014 - 06:52

    Perhaps all the man haters blaming the premier's ouster on the "boys" should compare Ball's comments to Michael's?

  • Linda
    January 23, 2014 - 06:24

    Ball your just a joke to the political formal, You can't even be honest with your thoughts, now your trying to praise this lady, just to see if you can get the women on your side, for the next election. You suck big time.