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  • Maggy Carter
    February 02, 2014 - 13:25

    Dunderdale arrived at an extraordinary time in this province's history - one any of her predecessors would have envied. Lowest unemployment, highest wages, greatest fiscal strength with highest government revenues, and officially a 'have' province. Williams hand picked a woman to succeed him and, on the strength of that alone, she received a ringing endorsement from the electorate a year later. Latham clearly documents the reasons for the wheels coming off her wagon in the ensuing two years - reasons that had nothing to do with her gender. A second reason for her failure cited by those close to Dunderdale was the ubiquitous presence of social media. Incredulous! That people talking to each other - sharing their opinions digitally- should somehow conspire to bring down a premier who didn't deserve to be brought down is a pathetic, preposterous excuse for her own lack of judgement and character. Remember, this is the woman whose eight floor social media swat team - with conscripts from every nook and cranny of cabinet, caucus, the civil service and the P.C. party - were burning up their Blackberries 24/7 in an attempt to intimidate and neutralize anyone who dared criticize her policies. In short, Dunderdale was never put-upon by the public; the public was put-upon by Dunderdale. Her tenure might have been cut short but her Machiavellian minions are still there, the shallowest of whom - the Honourable Steve Kent - still publicly struts his stuff like the cat that swallowed the canary. Gender discrimination? I think the psychologists call it a 'rationalization'.

  • Happily Retired
    February 02, 2014 - 12:23

    It most certainly was a gender issue, though she did bring some of it on herself by trying to right all of the wrongs done to women overnight. Secondarily, it was grossly negative, partisan politics led by the Telegram. All you have to do is look at the relentless attack on her by the Telegram, which has been the main campaign tool of the Liberal party. One example, of many, is the abusive, mean-spirited cartoons which were published on a regular basis. These cartoons focussed far more on her physical appearance than on policy issues. This would not have happened to a man, and if it had it would have been met by a storm of criticism from the citizens of this province. While she was far from perfect, I cannot think of any other leader who was treated so poorly on a personal level than she was.

  • GINN
    February 02, 2014 - 10:08

    This province, with high paying jobs at Long Hr., Muskrat Falls , Bull Arm & Marystown, is booming. In recent years the medical infrastructure has greatly expanded in many areas such as dialysis, CT scan facilities etc We're doing well in most areas. The civil service layoffs reflected the obvious glut there. I'm amazed at the armchair experts who ignore Kathy Dunderdale's hard work and successes such as securing the Muskrat financial guarantee and hundreds of millions to aid our fishery. The townies need to get out and around and smell the roses.

  • Frank
    February 01, 2014 - 17:21

    Kathy Dunderdale was publicly lynched in the media and it was orchestrated by VOCM. Every day they had leading stories and questions of the day all designed to have the idiots that comment on that site spew their venom and hate. I didn't vote for her but the treatment she got by the media was nothing short of disgraceful. She did a good job in my estimation but I guess no one could measure up to the beloved Danny. Vocm seems to be lost these days without Kathy to kick around.