With the sudden departure by Kathy Dunderdale this week, we know have a premier who was born, raised and worked in this region.
Tom Marshall takes over the reins of government today and he is another in a long line of premiers who have represented Corner Brook districts.
The new interim premier is downplaying what that may mean for this region, but he seems like the only one who doesn’t think this is positive for this part of the province.
At most Marshall will only be holding the post for four months until the ruling Tories can arrange a leadership campaign and convention to elect a permanent premier, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be making decisions in the interim.
The business of government has to keep moving forward even under premier who is temporarily running the show and making the final decisions on hundreds of files.
Marshall will also be the final arbiter when it comes to what is included in the spring budget, which will be brought down long before and new premier is elected at a convention and sworn into office.
On a personal level, this is a great way for Marshall to wind up a long political career where he has distinguished himself in a number of critical portfolios.
He has been at the centre of decisions made under former premier Danny Williams and Kathy Dunderdale.
Now he has his own hands of the tiller and has enough time to put his stamp on the province while occupying the top political post.
Marshall may only be in charge for a scant few weeks, but it’s not like him to sit by and count the days until he turns over the responsibility.
We shouldn’t expect too much in such a short time, but we can expect much more than a seat-filler.