Marshall welcomes all comers to political fray

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Natural Resources minister counts himself out of leadership race

First on the schedule at the Noia oil and gas conference this morning, premier Tom Marshall included an acknowledgement of recent political upheaval, with the decision by premier-designate Frank Coleman to leave political life.

“I was fully expecting a few days from now, I’d be stepping aside to make way for my successor. But like the weather and so much else in Newfoundland and Labrador, our politics is quite unpredictable," he said to the gathering at the St. John's Convention Centre, laying out the situation.

“So it appears my that my tenure will be extended for a little while, to ensure that the important work of government will continue uninterrupted and the transition to what comes next is seamless.”

His speech was not consumed by the politics of the day, but rather references to provincial support for the offshore oil sector.

The premier highlighted spending by Crown corporation Nalcor Energy on new offshore seismic work, recently approved changes to the offshore land tenure system and investments by the province into new research and development, particularly with focus on work in harsh environments and Arctic climate.

Yet the politics of the day returned, as Marshall took questions from reporters after his speech.

He said he had yet to be briefed on a meeting of the PC Party executive that took place Monday evening, but welcomed anyone expressing an interest in the emerging race to determine a new leader.

He was asked specifically about having former Health minister John Ottenheimer declare his intent to run and current Minister of Municipal Affairs Steve Kent express interest.

"Well that's great. I mean, I worked with John. John and I were in Cabinet together. He's a very decent and honourable man. I think he'd make a terrific leader," he said.

"And Steve Kent is one of the best Cabinet ministers I have. He's full of energy. I give him a job to do, he does it. He does it extremely well."

Minister of Natural Resources Derrick Dalley was on hand for Marshall's speech. Asked if he would join the leadership race, he said he would not.

Dalley is due to address delegates at the oil and gas conference Thursday.

NOTE: This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. to provide edited, full quote from Premier Tom Marshall.

Organizations: St. John's Convention Centre, PC Party

Geographic location: Arctic

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  • Henry
    June 19, 2014 - 14:22

    You just got to love that line, By Mr Marshall. " All Comers to Political Fray ", Like his most famous line, concerning the hospital. . There no need for me to repeat its, everyone know its by heart, Some what like Dwight Ball line. " Elects Me Then Find Out ". Question to him, find out what? LOL.. Higher taxes..

  • Deer Laker
    June 19, 2014 - 13:09

    Pc's, think of the people. Get Mr Murphy to run, if not we are done, if Ball become premier. Ball wanted to take the food right out of our mouth's. By killing of our moose's , for export. Thank you.

  • Sam
    June 18, 2014 - 16:56

    Is there anyone out there, please will someone come forward to steer the ship. Steve Kent is delusionary and Ottenheimer is looking to top up his pension. And I want to quit and go home. What a sad lot and a gigantic mess.

  • LOL
    June 18, 2014 - 12:30

    Really LOL, just thinking if the PC's had the nerve to invite this man, who the liberal said no to, got their butt's kick by him. Pc's made history, something the Liberal will never live down. Other night, me and my husband was talking about him. we both agree, he would win,

  • Charles Murphy
    June 18, 2014 - 10:25

    Here , question to the PC's, are you looking for a leader? or for someone who only got " Glitter ", with no foundation to their words. or do you want someone who can bring our people into the 21 first century, and understand the issue of the people and province.

  • Julie
    June 18, 2014 - 09:33

    We need a person to build our economy, so our young people can stay home and have a future,