Marshall is now in charge

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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.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • Chico
    January 27, 2014 - 08:21

    Following in the foot steps of a successful and popular Premier like Danny Williams, is no easy task. Kathy Dunderdale did her best to help Newfoundlanders. NL needs a leader with guts to stand up to Prime Minister Stephen( Corruption) Harper . We need as people Of NL , elect a strong government that the interest of province come first. Liberals in this province does not have that personal in place to do that. NDP also don't have that governing power under that leadership.

  • Scott
    January 24, 2014 - 18:23

    Henry Please, The Tory are going to use the hospital in the 2015 election, when they can fine some one to run for the party in Humber East.

  • Henry
    January 24, 2014 - 10:56

    Premier Marshall, please deal with the issues surrounding the proposed new hospital while you are premier. You would be doing the citizens of the west coast and the island a great service if the new hospital had a pet scanner and radiation unit. It is the right thing to do. I can promise if the hospital had a pet scanner and radiation unit then this will undoubtedly be your legacy to the people out here and not your short stint as premier....

  • Julie
    January 24, 2014 - 06:16

    Heaven Help Us, Waste of money once more. .Like the Cranberry Program...LOL