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Sources say embattled Premier will step down Wednesday

Premier Kathy Dunderdale.

Sources within the Progressive Conservative caucus told The Telegram and TC Media Tuesday that Dunderdale will  step down at a news conference after she speaks to her caucus at Confederation Building at 9:30 a.m.

According to one source, Finance Minister Tom Marshall will serve as interim premier while the Progressive Conservative party goes through a leadership process.

In December, Dunderdale adamantly denied that she was resigning in a year-end interview with The Telegram, but Tuesday’s news comes at the end of an incredibly tough month for her.

She was widely criticized for how she handled a week of electricity disruptions, rolling blackouts and electrical failures that left hundreds of thousands of people without power.

On Monday, Tory stalwart Paul Lane announced he was leaving the party to join the Liberals, in large part because he could not support Dunderdale’s leadership.

Dunderdale was on vacation in Florida  Monday, but made a hasty return to the province.

The province’s Elections Act requires that an election must be held within one year of a new premier being sworn in.

TC Media will provide updates all day today online on its daily and community news websites across the province.

Organizations: TC Media, Confederation Building

Geographic location: Florida

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