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So Kathy Dunderdale pulled a Jerome Kennedy and up and quit politics.

Kennedy left the people of Harbour Grace/Carbonear without representation in the House and now Dunderdale is packing it in, too. I wonder how the people of Virginia Waters really feel about that? Dunderdale was given their full support for 10-and-a-half years. Now it seems, she doesn't want or need them anymore.

The least Dunderdale could have done was to finish out her term until the next election is called. There should be a law against politicians like Kennedy and Dunderdale walking away from a position created by and for the electorate — positions they agreed to fill in service to the province.


Bill Westcott

Clarke’s Beach

Geographic location: Virginia Waters

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  • saelcove
    March 13, 2014 - 11:46

    Williams quit so whats the big deal slow news day

  • Ivy
    March 13, 2014 - 10:37

    So Bill if you are working with a company that is no longer treating you the way it should, you should stay anyway? I think that no matter who you are or who you work for the prerogative for you to move is yours and that is not something that we, John Q Public, should have any say in. It doesn't matter whether or not someone is getting a dozen pensions, they worked for it and it's none of our business.

  • Virginia Waters
    March 13, 2014 - 10:27

    Ha4845536 51ving been critical of Dunderdale's policies and judgement in the management of this province's affairs, I could hardly condemn her decision to step down as premier. I had thought that, in the interest of the party, she would delay her resignation as MHA until after the leadership convention. That aside, it should surprise no one that she would want to make a clean break. Her political downfall might have been her own doing, but it is still a lot to deal with on a personal level. Critics of her decision risk looking like small minded hypocrites or blatant partisans.

    • jj
      March 13, 2014 - 10:57

      Very good post. I don't agree with everything Dunderdale did, and I believe she was in over her head as Premier, but she doesn't deserve to be crucified by partisan hacks.

  • JJ
    March 13, 2014 - 09:17

    This is nothing new. Tobin and Jones both quit before their terms were up as well.

  • Jay
    March 13, 2014 - 08:27

    Bill, Didn't you notice when Yvonne Jones quit, kept her pension, and now collects a tidy salary plus her provincial pension as a Federal MP. I guess that was OK because she was a Liberal. Talk about the kettle calling the pot black.

  • Petertwo
    March 13, 2014 - 08:20

    I disagree, I do not think anyone should have to tolerate abuse in any form, whether they be politicians or not. Anyway with all the negative press, letters etc, it did not seem that Dunderdale or Kennedy had the support of the people, they did the right thing by moving on to allow people to pick who they would prefer to have instead. No one knows the future, I'm sure if they had known the outcome they would not have wasted themselves even trying. They were, after all, the choice of the people and were democratically elected. Vote? You have to be kidding, why bother?

  • W Bagg
    March 13, 2014 - 08:06

    Yeah, you are not allowed to quit your job either Bill.

  • Guy Incognito
    March 13, 2014 - 07:41

    Don't that King Danny quit the job too. He set his plans in motion and left when it suited him.

  • WTF
    March 13, 2014 - 07:39

    Ah yes, bring back indentured servitude and the fish merchants.

  • Fred
    March 13, 2014 - 06:26

    I agree completely. They should not be allowed to quit unless there is a compelling justification. Similarly, they should not be allowed to cross the floor.