UPDATED: Dunderdale to resign Wednesday morning: sources

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Premier Kathy Dunderdale says she has no regrets about anything she did in the past year; and she will run in the next election.

ST. JOHN’S — Premier Kathy Dunderdale will announce her resignation Wednesday morning, following a caucus meeting at Confederation Building.

Sources within the PC caucus told TC Media that Dunderdale will step down at a news conference after she speaks to her caucus at Confederation Building at 9:30 a.m.

According to once source, Finance Minister Tom Marshall will serve as interim premier while the Progressive Conservative Party goes through a leadership process.

In December, Dunderdale adamantly denied that she was resigning in a year-end interview with TC Media, but today's news comes at the end of an incredibly tough month for her.

She was widely criticized for how she handled a week of electricity disruptions, rolling blackouts and electrical failures that left hundreds of thousands of people without power.

On Monday, Tory stalwart Paul Lane announced that he was leaving the party to join the Liberals, in large part because he could not support Dunderdale's leadership.

Dunderdale was on vacation in Florida on Monday, but made a hasty return to the province.

The province's elections act requires that an election must be held within one year of a new premier being sworn in.

TC Media will be providing updates all day Wednesday online at TheWesternStar.com and TheTelegram.com.


(Earlier story)

ST. JOHN'S — TC Media reporter James McLeod reports he has confirmed with a caucus source that Kathy Dunderdale will step down as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Wednesday morning.

There are some reports, as yet unconfirmed by TC Media, that current Finance Minister Tom Marshall will temporarily step into the role following Dunderdale's departure.


(Earlier story)

ST. JOHN'S — Rumours are swirling across the province and on social media Tuesday night about a possible resignation announcement from Newfoundland and Labroador Premier Kathy Dunderdale.

Reporters for several media outlets in the province and across Canada took to Twitter, some quoting "trusted sources" as saying Dunderdale plans to make the announcement Wednesday morning at Confederation Building in St. John's. 

TC Media has been unable to verify these reports, but will have more as the story progresses.


Organizations: Confederation Building

Geographic location: ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, Canada

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  • IAMtheJIB
    January 22, 2014 - 08:32

    She shouldn't have the privilege of resigning. She should have been removed, long ago. It makes no difference at this point though, as the damage is done and NL will be paying for it for generations to come. She was nothing more than a pawn in this whole corrupt scheme anyway and now it's her time to be put away by her handlers, not that the deal is done. The truly scary situation here is the sheer numbers of NLers that didn't ( and many still don't) see the scam. I guess a province that has never had an economic boom doesn't have the skills to defend against the wolves.

  • murphy
    January 22, 2014 - 08:24

    Dunderdale may not have all the charisma of some of the slick men of the past but she did the work and she did it sincerely. Politics is a thankless job. Whether it's the PC, Liberals or the NDP it's the same thing. Lots of promises. In the end finances dictate what you can do. Paul Lane to cross the floor while she was away shows exactly how little character he has. Can't do it face to face when she returned is nothing but cowardly. Self serving and nothing more. To that point makes me hope the PC pull it together in the next year or so to the election. Further, I wish Dunderdale a good retirement as no one deserves a raw deal. Tom Marshall, you are a good man. Keep your health through this interim and get a good person mentored to step up to the plate...not Paul Lane haha

  • more cuts
    January 22, 2014 - 02:08

    Premier Dunderdale should have cut where it was needed; Welfare needed to be cut needless to say they are getting nothing for nothing and the working person isn't happy about it. Working people pay taxes through the nose and that is the people that always take the slack. Sorry to see Dunderdale leave but maybe the next person will stand up for the working people.

  • more cuts
    January 22, 2014 - 02:07

    Premier Dunderdale should have cut where it was needed; Welfare needed to be cut needless to say they are getting nothing for nothing and the working person isn't happy about it. Working people pay taxes through the nose and that is the people that always take the slack. Sorry to see Dunderdale leave but maybe the next person will stand up for the working people.

  • Henry
    January 21, 2014 - 22:17

    Kathy Dunderdale can't leave to soon. She was a terrible premier. Now to defeat the progressive conservatives next spring. This is good news for Nfld.

  • ben
    January 21, 2014 - 22:02

    Great deal...... produce power for more than we can sell it? What great leadership we have here..her arrogance did her in.

  • Muskrat Falls is needed
    January 21, 2014 - 21:34

    Anyone ever watch the movie "The American President"? You can sit back too long... Eventually you have to jump up and say "We're doing it". Go back 15 years and look at how EI or should I say UI was the big deal. Sorry Dwight, I don't wan't to see that again.

  • too bad
    January 21, 2014 - 21:07

    well Danny Williams left in his prime with all the hoopla about Muskrat Falls, and left her holding the bag. I think she has been a brave lady to try and fill those boots and lead a province. For all the people who complain, I would love to see you try and do her job. I wouldn't want to. I commend her for trying her best. Best of luck to her and best of luck to those who think the Liberals will do any better AFTER the next election.

  • Muskrat Falls is needed
    January 21, 2014 - 21:03

    We need power.... Not just for ourselves, but to SELL. Our province is booming and power consumption is is in high demand. Do it PC's.

  • I Votet for a party not person
    January 21, 2014 - 20:58

    The liberals and ndp's have jumped on the PC's for not defending how they have made us a "Have Province". That's because the PC's have done extremely well. If you don't give out extensive details about how you get there in business negotiations, well that's the way business works. I wouldn't even negotiate with someone who leaked info to competitors. The PC's in NL are doing what we have needed for years. People are working, our hospitals are being improved and the province is booming. All we need is a PC leader who can stand up and tell people. Dunderdale isn't doing that and for that reason she has to go. Liberals and NDP are jumping on that point. We don't have a spokesperson right now. We need Danny or Jerome back. Let us know what's happening and tell us why we are doing so well.

    • Tony
      January 22, 2014 - 09:16

      Yes Danny was famous for praising himself and the people believing every word. He claimed he made the best deal ever in Canadian history with Ottawa when it came to the revenues percentage of oil and not one premier from another province backed him on that claim. He was great at saying he was doing an amazing job. As for "Have" province, you still and always had the highest unemployment rate in the country, and now you pay to Ottawa. A barrel is selling for $90 to $95 per barrel, and look where Danny is now? He jumped ship knowing his project Muskrat falls was going to fail, made his backroom deals and had Dunderdale sign the dotted line.

  • About time.
    January 21, 2014 - 20:39

    She will go down as the worst premier ever in our history. Muskrat Falls will be be our worst nightmare for generations to come , and we have her to thank.

    • I Votet for a party not person
      January 21, 2014 - 21:24

      The Liberal who just defected should not get another vote in Mt. Pearl, He must have forgotten that he ran PC and now he's going against his constituents who Did Not Vote Liberal. Welcome to Newfoundland and Labrador "Big Guy". We'll never hear tell of you again. She's not the worst Premier in our history, she's just not the best spokesperson.

    • Mr Corner Brook
      January 22, 2014 - 07:20

      Nope....Pretty sure she's the worst premier ever...anywhere....