Tom Marshall will become the province’s 11th premier Friday, when he’s formally sworn-in to the job.
Finance Minister Tom Marshall speaks to reporters after Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced her resignation Wednesday morning. Marshall was named interim premier, effective Friday. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
He promises, he won’t be there for long.
“I’m going to be interim premier. I’m going to help our party make the transition,” Marshall said Wednesday morning after Premier Kathy Dunderdale resigned. “There’s going to be renewal, and I look forward to completing that and then handing over the reins to the new leader.”
Last time the province had an interim leader, it was a woman named Kathy Dunderdale, and she ended up staying on for more than three years.
But within the party, this time around there’s appetite for a serious leadership race, and Marshall said he’s only worried about shepherding the government through the next few months while that happens.
He said he probably won’t stay on as finance minister once he’s sworn in as premier, but those details are being worked out.
“I haven’t even been sworn in yet, right?” he said. “We’ll deal with that in due course.”
Kind words for Dunderdale
Marshall, like just about every other PC politician, offered a few kind words about Dunderdale’s time in government.
“If only the people of the province could see Kathy through our eyes,” he said. “She’s a remarkable woman. She’s an outstanding leader. She’s compassionate about the province. She’s passionate about the people of the province, and she always put the people of the province first.”
Marshall categorically rejected the notion that Dunderdale was forced out.
“She left as she served, with dignity and grace,” he said.