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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:11 am    Post subject: Dunderdale facing defection and revolt Reply with quote

More bad news for Kathy Dunderdale. A big supporter of her's, Parliamentary Secretary Paul Lane, will cross the floor and join the Liberals this morning. As well before going on vacation last week the PC caucus told Dunderdale she needed to resign sooner rather than later. VOCM is reporting that up to 8 MHAs are considering leaving if she does not step down. The unhappiness from caucus, and the grassroots, is not surprising but it coming out now like this came as a shock.

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Paul Lane to cross floor from Tories to Liberals

Mount Pearl South MHA Paul Lane is poised to cross the floor from the Tories to the upstart Liberals, creating a new problem for Premier Kathy Dunderdale's government.

Lane told CBC he would neither confirm nor deny a report that he is about to switch political stripes, but said he will speak later today on his political future. VOCM reported Monday morning that Lane will cross the floor.

CBC provincial affairs reporter David Cochrane confirmed that Lane is crossing the floor, and that his decision has caught Dunderdale off guard.

Cochrane said he learned that Lane informed Dunderdale late Sunday of his decision. She had left for vacation on Friday.

"According to the premier's people, they're very surprised by this," said Cochrane, adding that there had been no sign that Lane had been unhappy.

However, Cochrane said that Lane's move is directly connected to Dunderdale's leadership, and comes on the heels of successive public opinion polls that have shown the PCs in trouble.

Cochrane said his sources tell him there is deep unhappiness within the party about Dunderdale. It grew with a public backlash during recent island-wide power outages, which she insisted should not be described as a crisis.

"They're saying this is the beginning of the end for Kathy Dunderdale," Cochrane told the St. John's Morning Show.

News conference planned

Lane, a rookie MHA who has been well-known as an enthusiastic backbencher in the Tory government, would not comment on his future when contacted by CBC News, but said he would be holding a news conference at Smitty's restaurant in Mount Pearl to outline his plans.

Lane has been the chair of the Progressive Conservative caucus since 2012.

A former deputy mayor and councillor in Mount Pearl, Lane entered provincial politics in 2011.

Lane was embroiled in a controversy last winter, when a series of reports in the St. John's Telegram showed that he had tried to round up support among Tory partisans to sway the outcome of online political polls. The episode gave him the Twittersphere nickname of "Poll Lane."

Since last fall's cabinet shuffle, Lane has been the parliamentary secretary to the minister of innovation, business and rural development.

If Lane joins the Liberals, the Opposition caucus would grow to nine members.

Lane would also become the second person from the Tory caucus to find his way to the Liberal benches. Tom Osborne, a former cabinet minister and the long-time representative for St. John's South, joined the Liberals in August after sitting as an Independent for 11 months.

Osborne cited Premier Kathy Dunderdale's leadership as a primary reason for his decision when he left the Tory caucus in August 2012.

Osborne said he would be attending Lane's news conference.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newfoundland and Labrador premier resigns after MHA accuses her of losing touch with people
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9:33 am, January 22nd, 2014
9:50 pm, January 21st, 2014



Newfoundland and Labrador premier resigns after MHA accuses her of losing touch with people
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale

Credits: REUTERS/ADAM SCOTTI


QMI AGENCY


Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale thanked provincial workers, her colleagues and the people of her province as she announced her resignation.

Dunderdale was greeted with a lengthy applause at a press conference Wednesday morning and she smiled and thanked people in the room before announcing she would be stepping down as of Friday.

Surrounded by cabinet, Dunderdale said she was grateful to have had the chance to serve her constituents and the province, and she listed off a number of achievements before saying she knew there was a time to step up, and a time to step down, and the time had come for her to resign.

Finance Minister Tom Marshall will take the reins of the party until a new leader can be chosen, she said.

"I know I am leaving our government in the most capable of hands," she said.

On Monday, a member of Dunderdale's Progressive Conservative government crossed the floor to the Liberals after accusing the premier of having "lost touch" with the people.

Paul Lane also accused Dunderdale of being missing in action during several crises in the province, including the recent rolling blackouts. He said when the premier did speak about the blackouts, she didn't show empathy but focused on whether it was a crisis.

"It was the straw that broke the camel's back," Lane said.

"Mr. Lane didn't express any discontent with leadership or the direction of the party before his announcement today, including when he accepted a promotion on Oct. 9," Dunderdale said in an e-mailed statement.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well at this moment Tom Marshall is being sworn in as the province's 11th premier. He's expected to hold the post until May or June.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets see if the NFLD PC's can catch this one on the first bounce, or will simply allow their hijinx to drop the Liberals into office next election.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
Lets see if the NFLD PC's can catch this one on the first bounce, or will simply allow their hijinx to drop the Liberals into office next election.

What?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progressive Tory wrote:
cosmostein wrote:
Lets see if the NFLD PC's can catch this one on the first bounce, or will simply allow their hijinx to drop the Liberals into office next election.

What?


The PC's have seemingly been polling behind the Liberals for nearly all of 2013;
With all the internal strife culminating with the Premier stepping down and a new leadership race occurring before the 2015 election,

I am wondering aloud of the party will be able to rally around the new leader and attempt to win back the support they have lost or continue with these caucus spats and ultimately allow the Liberals to walk away with it in 2015.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
Progressive Tory wrote:
cosmostein wrote:
Lets see if the NFLD PC's can catch this one on the first bounce, or will simply allow their hijinx to drop the Liberals into office next election.

What?


The PC's have seemingly been polling behind the Liberals for nearly all of 2013;
With all the internal strife culminating with the Premier stepping down and a new leadership race occurring before the 2015 election,

I am wondering aloud of the party will be able to rally around the new leader and attempt to win back the support they have lost or continue with these caucus spats and ultimately allow the Liberals to walk away with it in 2015.


Well there supposedly wasn't as much of a political spat as some media made it out to be. One reporter, with the CBC surprisingly enough, pretty much said that while many wanted her to step down as leader they were willing to let her set out the terms and timeline. She could have stayed on longer had she wanted. Her decision to not run again was made a while ago though. As well there should be a significant number of MHAs who do not seek re-election, so the new leader will be able to get new candidates who support them.

There's also lots of interest in the leadership, and I am also hearing a few interesting names who are interested in being candidates in the next election. So I think the party can recover well, it really is in need of some new life.

As for leadership candidates here are the names from in caucus; Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley, Justice Minister Darin King, Child, Youth and Family Services Minister Paul Davis, Fisheries Minister Keith Hutchings and Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent.

King supposedly has a lot of caucus support but has had a rough two years. Dalley was actually the first new minister Dunderdale brought in when she became premier, and has now moved up to one of the top posts in cabinet. He's been impressing people as of late but I don't know how much support he can build for his campaign. Paul Davis is someone who is very likeable and well respected in the public. He was an RNC officer before entering office and was the media relations officer for the constabulary before his election, so he's well known from that. There was many who thought he'd be the frontrunner but King supposedly still has a lot of support. Hutchings has been a solid minister since 2011 and is someone who is well liked. Don't know if he has the support to pull out a win but he might be able to gain a lot of support over the race. I don't see Kent running, smart guy and a good communicator but he's new to cabinet and a bit of a polarizing guy for other reasons.

Also some interesting names coming from outside of cabinet, and many feel the party needs to bring in someone from the outside. The biggest name to come out so far is Bill Barry. He owns a number of fish plants in the province as well as others in Atlantic Canada and internationally. He also has other ventures but is best known for being an outspoken advocate for fisheries reform, particularly less government involvement in the fishery. Could be a bit of a controversial candidate in some fishing communities. He's been contacted on a leadership bid and sent out a release that sounded like the beginning of a campaign launch. He's 61 years old too which could be problematic if the party wants to have someone who's there for a while.

Former cabinet minister Shawn Skinner also seems like a likely candidate. He was defeated last election by the NDP. He's been pretty prominent since then as a commentator on the CBC political TV show On Point, and is still very active in the party. While he was a big Dunderdale supporter he didn't hold back from criticizing the government, which is good if he wants to establish himself as a bit of an outsider. I think he could attract a lot of support.

Another big name who says he's "listening" is Tim Powers. For the last year or so Tim has guest hosted a popular radio call in show here so his name recognition has grown considerably despite being based in Ottawa. He's being encouraged to run but his ties to the federal party may hurt his chances with the general public. In a leadership race he'd need to be able to prove that he could get over that. While he's "listening", I've told that the quick race will likely see him stay out.

Every time a party searches for a new leader Rick Hillier's name comes up. He's supposedly being courted to run and I think if he does have political aspirations this will be his time to run.

Former minister and Conservative Party candidate in the 2011 federal election John Ottenheimer is supposedly looking at a leadership bid. He left provincial politics in 2007 after being around since the early/mid 90's. It's thought he may make a political comeback regardless, though he's in his 60s and had health issues in the past.


As well on a happier note Dundedale's former number one supporter, who crossed the floor to the Liberals this week, was booed out of a room by 170 people the other day. His floor crossing doesn't seem to be going as planned for him or the Liberals, and it seems like it has the potential to hurt the party a bit.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill Barry will announce he is entering the race on Wednesday. His candidacy will be very interesting as he is a controversial guy. I think he might be the only fish plant operator is the province with a non-unionized workforce. When this happened in the 90's it was a big deal.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlie Oliver is the latest name interested in running for the leadership. He has quite the impressive biography.

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Charlie Oliver
B.Comm.(74), CCIM

The 2009 Gardiner Centre Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year, Charlie Oliver, has been involved in the real estate industry for over 25 years. In 1981, he founded Consult Associates Ltd. which provided consultancy advice to a multitude of developers and realtors. In 1982, he created Martek Incorporated, the predecessor to Martek Morgan Finch Incorporated, which has grown to be the largest and most successful full service commercial real estate company in the province. Throughout his career, Mr. Oliver has maintained continuous, significant involvement and influence in the St. John's real estate market. Over his 25 years in business, Mr. Oliver has been a key deal maker on hundreds of multi-million dollar deals in all aspects of investment grade real estate.
Over the years, Mr. Oliver has been involved in the creation of in excess of 90 companies that have spanned a variety of business sectors from tire re-treading to a bookstore, restaurants to offshore supply, vitamin supply to cosmetics to cover but a few. The mix of experience has garnered an appreciation of the differences and even the similarities amongst this wide array of businesses.
Mr. Oliver has just completed a six-year term on the National Board of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI), a national organization that works with all stakeholders in the condominium industry to advance education, awareness and condominium living in general.
Mr. Oliver earned his business degree from Memorial University in 1974 and the prestigious CCIM (certified commercial investment membership) designation in 1988. This designation provided significantly advanced education and training in commercial and investment real estate.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who is going to take it?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Who is going to take it?


The next Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador will most likely be Corner Brook businessman Frank Coleman.

Here's a bio on him. http://www.atlanticbusinessmag.....-2010b.pdf

It is being reported that Danny Williams is the one who has courted Coleman to run and may openly endorse him. This after Williams bashed Bill Barry, the only person who has announced he's running, a couple weeks ago. Coleman is not expected to announce till closer to the close of nominations, which is March 14.

This whole thing has pretty much stopped the whole leadership race. As I said Barry is the only one to announce he's running, though he hasn't filed his nomination yet, and most of the other big candidates are out. Ministers Steve Kent and Derrick Dalley are still weighing their options, but Dalley is not really expected to run and Kent wouldn't be a serious contender.

Shawn Skinner's candidacy seemed very likely and I was expecting him to have announced by now, but his leadership bid may hinge on what's going on with Williams and Coleman.

If Coleman comes out of the gate with Danny's endorsement this thing is over, and there may not even be a race. Senator Fabian Manning ruled out a bid for the leadership after he did polling. (For those who don't know Manning had been kicked out of caucus for disagreeing with Danny) Anyways, his polling showed that Danny Williams was still at over 80% in the province and that the other parties would be decimated if he came back. So his endorsement of Coleman would be huge.

Many in the party still feel that a leadership race is needed to rejuvenate the party, but with a $10,000 entry fee and a $350,000 spending limit it's expensive to be a sacrificial lamb.

If something happens and Frank Coleman does not enter the leadership race then the next leader will likely be Shawn Skinner, unless Danny Williams finds someone else. Skinner seemed to have a very strong shot at the job a few weeks ago until Coleman's name was brought up.


On a side note Kathy Dunderdale stepped down as the MHA for Virginia Waters yesterday, endearing her 10 and a half year provincial political career. The timing came as a surprise to many but thankfully people are quickly lining up to succeed her. Four names are already mentioned for the PC nomination; Lloyd Power, Gord Dunphy, Danny Breen and potential leadership candidate Shawn Skinner. Winning Virginia Waters is seen as being part of Skinner's potential leadership bid.

Lloyd Power actually lost the nomination to Kathy Dunderdale back in 2003. He is now vice president of a junior energy company that is going to start a wind farm off the coast of western Newfoundland. As well they are also going to manufacture wind turbines on the west coast of the island, creating 600 jobs. He's a relative of Charlie Power, a former PC MP.

Danny Breen is the PC dream candidate though. He is a St. John's City councillor who was acclaimed this past September. He is VP of a local company that does financial something or other. He is chair of the city's finance committee and has done great things there like reforming councillor's pensions, improving budgeting, simplifying business taxation. He would be an excellent candidate and could hold this seat, which could be tough for others because of the likely Liberal candidate.

Failed Liberal leadership candidate, and former Tory, Cathy Bennett indicated last year she would run against Dunderdale in Virginia Waters. She said yesterday she plans to run. She is a high-profile candidate who will put up a tough fight. However, people I've spoken to think Breen could easily beat her.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill Barry officially entered the leadership race today. John Ottenheimer, in I believe his first public comments, announced that he is still considering a run.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Oram, not surprisingly announced he is out today.

Steve Kent and Shawn Skinner are in the process of getting their nomination papers signed, though both say they haven't made a decision yet. As well John Ottenheimer said today he has his nomination papers signed and money in place, though he hasn't made a final decision either.

As well, there is growing scepticism around whether Frank Coleman will enter the race or not and he will make his decision by Wednesday. If he does not enter the race it will be Shawn Skinner's to lose. I actually don't know how he couldn't win.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With 16 and a half hours to go before the deadline to register there is still just one declared candidate; Bill Barry.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frank Coleman's in and Shawn a Skinner is out.
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