Glenn Lit­tle­john re­acts to the pre­mier’s res­ig­na­tion

Port de Grave MHA still be­lieves in Con­ser­va­tive party

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john was not sur­prised by Kathy Dun­derdale’s de­ci­sion to re­sign as pre­mier of New­found­land and Labrador and leader of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive party, ef­fec­tive Fri­day.

“I think if you look at some of her com­ments, her year-end com­ments and some of her com­ments she has made in the last num­ber of months, she’s talked a lot about re­flec­tion, and fam­ily and spend­ing more time with her grand­chil­dren,” he said. “When you read the tea leaves, I think that she has been giv­ing this some con­sid­er­a­tion for some time.”

Word broke late Tues­day ( Jan. 21) night that Dun­derdale would be step­ping down from her post as pre­mier, and Wed­nes­day ( Jan. 22) morn­ing she made it of­fi­cial af­ter a news con­fer­ence at Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Tom Mar­shall

Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john.

will serve as pre­mier in the in­terim.

Be­ing a mem­ber of the Conser-

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va­tive cau­cus, Lit­tle­john was on hand for a meet­ing with Dun- derdale prior to the an­nounce­ment. He s tood by a s D un­der­dal e ad­dressed a throng of peo­ple, that in­cluded fam­ily mem­bers, dozens of me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives, gov­ern­ment work­ers and party sup­port­ers.

“The pre­mier made a de­ci­sion, and as she said in her in­ter­view, there is a time in your pub­lic ser­vice life that you know that the time is up. She has a fam­ily, and grand­chil­dren, and she chose to spend time with her fam­ily and grand­chil­dren. Who can ar­gue that?” he said of her de­ci­sion.

As of late, Dun­derdale has come un­der fire for the way she han­dled the rolling black­outs and elec­tri­cal fai lures that lef t much of the prov­ince with­out power ealier this month.

On Mon­day, Jan. 20, high pro­file Mount Pearl South MHA Paul Lane de­fected to the Lib­er­als.

“With the power out­ages, premiers have been crit­i­cized be­cause they’re al­ways front and cen­tre, and they don’t give their work to their min­is­ters,” said Lit­tle­john. “The pre- mier was very much team-ori­ented, the min­is­ter of fire and emer­gency ser­vices and the min­is­ter for nat­u­ral re­sources, they were do­ing me­dia in­ter­views but they were in con­sul­ta­tion with the pre­mier.

“The pre­mier was work­ing and she was do­ing ev­ery­thing she could … and when she felt she needed to step for­ward she did. It wasn’t be­cause she wasn’t work­ing.”

De­spite Dun­derdale’s de­par­ture, Lit­tle­john re­mains stead­fastly com­mit­ted to the PC Party.

“We move for­ward,” he said. “There is a process in place for many other lead­er­ship re­views and we’re go­ing to fol­low the process.”

Lit­tle­john also ex­pressed his faith in Tom Mar­shall, call­ing him a “very ca­pa­ble and en­er­getic per­son.”

“He is very well-liked in the gen­eral eye and re­spected and he will hold the fort un­til the party goes through the lead­er­ship process,” he said.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

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