Marshall ready to take the reins for now

James McLeod
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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.



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  • Mike
    January 23, 2014 - 13:51

    I am not a PC supporter, at all. Have to give credit where credit is due, Marshall is good man that has looked after his riding and its constituents. Two concerns, though. Marshall is not one for conflict. As finance minister, whenever there was a strike looming or a tough budget, he was shuffled out and a tory pitbull (a la Jerome Kenedy) was inserted into the portfolio. My second concern is one of patronage. A reality in Cdn politics at all levels. But with Marshall on theway out of politics and now interim leader I expect to see several of his loyal supporters appointed to very plum positions.

  • Rod Upshall
    January 23, 2014 - 11:50

    This couldn't happen to a better man, congratulations, it is well deserved.

  • Too Old
    January 23, 2014 - 10:14

    I knew Premier Marshall's Dad before he was appointed to the Senate. The last time I spoke with his Dad we talked about his son. If the apple didn't fall too far from the tree, Newfoundland is, for now, in good hands.

  • Tina
    January 23, 2014 - 10:00

    Mr. Marshall is a fine man both professionally (in Politics and Law) and personally and will do a fine job as interim Premier. I believe Mr. Marshall and Danny Williams have a close connection so it will be interesting to see if Danny will be back on the scene, my guess is he will be, (if we're lucky!!)

    • saelcove
      January 23, 2014 - 10:39

      Williams is the cause of dunderdale problems where have you been

  • Mark D
    January 23, 2014 - 09:50

    Another interim joke in the Premier's office, just like Beaton Tulk!

  • really
    January 23, 2014 - 09:08

    Kinda hard to take anything else Marshall says too seriously when he's trying to convince us Dunderdale was not forced out..

  • geeze
    January 23, 2014 - 08:34

    Wow Linda....look at ole' Roger Grimes. He wasn't elected by the people to be premier either!! He was so full of himself he thought he could win the next election and we ALL know where that got him!!You could say that he sure hung onto someones coat tails hahaha!!!!

  • Mark
    January 23, 2014 - 08:05

    C'mon, Telegram. I know mistakes happen, but Marshall clearly said "transgression" yesterday in front of the cameras, not "transition". If you still follow CP, you'll make the change.

  • Linda
    January 23, 2014 - 06:20

    Not in my book your premier, we the people didn't vote you in. That why we are in the trouble were in, voting for people who got elects on the coat tails of other.