Some of Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s ministers are going public about their admiration for the job she is doing running the province.
The latest vote of confidence is contained in the form of a letter to the editor in the The Telegram in St. John’s from Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall.
The member for Humber East describes the premier as a “smart and courageous” leader.
The support is bubbling up after a call by columnist Russell Wangersky for the premier to resign because her support is low and getting lower.
It should come as no surprise that members of the Tory cabinet are impressed with Dunderdale’s skills. After all they were part of the group which lined up to anoint her as leader following the resignation of popular Danny Williams.
Dunderdale was so popular with her fellow Tories she didn’t even have to mount a leadership campaign. It was handed to her on a platter. But here’s some news for her loyal band of cabinet ministers: it’s not the caucus and backroom Tories who aren’t impressed with the job the premier is doing.
The people of this province are the ones who aren’t happy with Dunderdale’s accompishments or public style.
Anyone who puts any faith in the results of political polls can see the provincial PCs, and Dunderdale in particular, have turned the majority of the population against them.
Two years before the next general election, voters do not like the way the province is being run and they are putting most of that blame on the premier because she is the figurehead and lightning rod for discontent. There is still time to turn those numbers around, but it will take a concerted effort to regain the support and trust of the population.
It’s up to the PCs to decide how best to accomplish that feat.