UPDATE: Frank Coleman bowing out of politics

Published on June 16, 2014

Premier-designate Frank Coleman is bowing out of politics, leaving the PC Party and the province's political scene in shambles.

Coleman said he was resigning because of "a significant and challenging family matter."

It's been a bruising few months since Coleman jumped into politics, and quickly became the province's next premier.

He was at the centre of a controversy on abortion, and then he was tied to a controversial government paving deal, where Coleman may have personally benefited from Transportation Minister Nick McGrath's decision to let Humber Valley Paving out of a money-losing contract.

Coleman said that his family is his top priority, and he felt that the family issues meant that he couldn't fully commit to the job.

This appears to leave interim-premier Tom Marshall stuck with the job for a little while longer. Marshall had said that he was going to resign in early July, opening up a seat for Coleman to run in.

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Coleman holding news conference

Newfoundland premier-designate Frank Coleman is holding a news conference today at 2 p.m. in St. John's.

A news release today from his communications officer doesn't offer any further details. However, there are rumours that he may be stepping down from the PC leadership.

The Telegram is covering the news conference and will provide an update as soon as details are available.