After five full weeks of sitting, it looks like the fall session of the House of Assembly will be coming to an end today, according to multiple sources.
Premier Kathy Dunderdale. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram
And it looks like Premier Kathy Dunderdale wants to go out with a bang; she's scheduled a big news conference at 5:30 p.m. immediately following the end of proceedings in the legislature.
The premier's office would only say in a news release Monday that it will be a significant announcement regarding the Muskrat Falls project in the east block lobby of Confederation Building.
It's not clear what, exactly, will be announced, but workers were already setting up a sound system and other staging at lunchtime, and an e-mail went to every civil servant in the province inviting them to come down for "a significant announcement regarding the Muskrat Falls development."
One person who will probably be disappointed by the news of the House of Assembly closure is newly elected Liberal MHA Sam Slade.
Slade won a byelection in Carbonear-Harbour Grace in November, but he won't be officially sworn in as an MHA until tomorrow -- one day after the legislature closes.
He'll have to wait until March when the spring session gets underway to take his seat in the House of Assembly.