Local writer reacts to Kennedy resignation
Humber East MHA Tom Marshall, who was shuffled back into the finance ministry last week Premier Kathy Dunderdale, said he intends to work out his full term, but will not seek re-election in 2015.
Jerome Kennedy, however, walked away from his constituency on Nov. 1 to pursue other interests. It is widely known that Kennedy has been losing interest in his finance position for a number of months and one can imagine the slipping downward in the opinion polls for his Conservative party has been tough and perhaps embarrassing for him.
That being said, the question can be asked: Should Jerome Kennedy have hung on and worked out his full term, as Tom Marshall says he intends on doing?
Surprised and hurt, Kennedy’s loyal constituents in Carbonear-Harbour Grace must be surprised and hurt by his sudden departure. They stood behind him through the years and now it appears they will take a back seat as their representative walks away from them to return to his law practice, write a book or two and perhaps go for a PhD.
Kennedy can and should be applauded for his desire to pursue other lofty things while he is in good health, but could not these aspirations wait until he fulfilled his promise to his people?
Perhaps there should be a law that says government members, especially those in cabinet, cannot walk away from their portfolios unless it is for sound reasons, such as ill health.
Jerome Kennedy did a fantastic job for Newfoundland and Labrador since he first joined the Danny Williams government and carried out his major responsibilities in a number of key cabinet posts under Kathy Dunderdale with honour and distinction.
Premier Dunderdale, regardless of their rumored inner squabbles making the media rounds, will no doubt miss Kennedy big time.
I have to wonder, though, if she feels the same as many do about Jerome’s sudden departure and would have expected him to continue in her government through the obvious stormy months that lie ahead.