Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn reacts to the premier's resignation

Nicholas Mercer
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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.

Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn.

“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 will serve as premier in the interim.

Being a member of the Conservative caucus, Littlejohn was on hand for a meeting with Dunderdale prior to the announcement. He stood by as Dunderdale 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 failures that left 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 premier 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.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Organizations: Confederation Building, PC Party

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  • Jim
    January 24, 2014 - 20:22

    Seriously, Glenn, just how stupid do you think we are? The Premier goes on vacation in Florida on Friday, she gets a call from Paul Lane and flies back on Sunday, then resigns on Wednesday, and the best you can do is tell us to read the tea leaves !! It didn't take long for you to drink the Confederation Hill Kool Aid. Why can you politicans not be honest for a change? Please don't insult our intelligence by trying to spin this P.R. disaster into something that was planned all along. The only tea leaves we need to read are the ones that collectively make up this so called Government's brains.