Kathy Dunderdale resigns as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale answers questions during a press conference at...

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale answers questions during a press conference at the meeting of Council of the Federation in Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 26, 2012. REUTERS/ADAM SCOTTI

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, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

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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