More problems for the Tories

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More cracks are appearing in the administration of Premier Kathy Dunderdale and the Liberals are again the beneficiaries of the turmoil.

Monday, Paul Lane, the PC member for Mount Pearl South, jumped from the Tory ship and moved his seat across the aisle to sit with the opposition Liberals.

This is the second former Tory in the last couple of months who has left the party and moved to the Grits.

Lane’s political conversion follows former Tory Tom Osborne who made a similar choice last fall.

The latest bit of intrigue comes after months of poor poll results for the ruling PCs — and the premier in particular.

When MHAs begin abandoning the government side and all the perks that can bring with it, to sit in opposition, things must be seriously festering in the government caucus.

Having members move from one side of the House of Assembly to another is not new in this province.

Most politicians race to the other side because they have rowed out with their present leadership or they see an opportunity to get more power in the long run by striking a deal with their one-time foes.

Even more worrisome for Dunderdale is a report that a move is afoot by some cabinet ministers to oust the premier from her post.

Though unconfirmed, even rumours of a palace coup being planned will cause even further problems for the party when the next general election rolls around.

Premier Dunderdale has some fences to mend with the public and her own party.

She doesn’t have much time to put down the uprising if she want to keep her job.

Organizations: Tory

Geographic location: Mount Pearl South

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  • Henry
    January 21, 2014 - 11:32

    To little to late!!!!!!!! Dunderdale. Leave.