Marshall hearing praises as he approaches end of reign

Cory Hurley cory.hurley@tc.tc
Published on June 7, 2014
Premier Tom Marshall speaks to Mary Rousseau after the press conference held in Corner Brook Friday.
Star photo by Cory Hurley

It’s been a bit of a farewell tour for Premier Tom Marshall these past couple of days.

Following some well wishes and praises from his colleagues — and also from members of the Opposition parties — during his final sitting in the House of Assembly Thursday, the premier was in his own district Friday updating people on the progress of the new hospital.

It was another chance for people to compliment and thank Marshall for his years of dedication to public service, particularly in terms of his efforts to make this new hospital and its first-class services a reality.

Susan Gillam, Western Health’s chief executive officer; Vaughn Granter, MHA for Humber West and Health and Community Services Minister Paul Davis all directed praise Marshall’s way during the press conference.

Marshall appeared emotional at times as he listened.

“I am feeling well,” he said. “(Thursday) I knew would be my last day in the House of Assembly, but I knew that when I went in. When you go in, you know you are going to come out.

“It’s always nice, and everybody said nice things. Even (Bay of Island Liberal MHA) Eddie Joyce praised me, which was ... interesting.”

Premier-designate Frank Coleman will assume the reins of power July 4-5 weekend during the Conservative’s convention. Marshall has said the timing is right for the Corner Brook businessman to become premier.

Friday, Marshall said he will resign his Humber East seat shortly afterwards, which will spark a byelection.

Marshall said he has had that discussion with Coleman, and he will be ready.

“Whenever he is ready to run I will certainly step aside so that the next premier is like this one, from the city of Corner Brook,” he said.

He said it will be business as usual as premier for the next month. He hopes Friday’s announcement will not be his last.

“While I am there, I will govern,” he said. “I will do what we have to do.”