Accountability a priority during short premiership: Tom Marshall
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Tom Marshall says creating an environment of government accountability was an important venture during his short time in the job.
Marshall sat in the House of Assembly for the last time as premier on Thursday, and likely the last time as the MHA for Humber East.
"[A] priority was to raise the bar of accountability — that is very important to me personally, and I know it is important to every member in this House," said Marshall.
"The ATIPPA review … the whistleblower legislation, the electricity system review, the Muskrat Falls Project oversight, the open government initiative; these are just some of the examples of choices that I believe the people were right to call for. I as a private citizen would have expected the same thing of the government — I kept that perspective in mind so that I would not lose focus."
He has indicated he will step down from his seat in Humber East to allow premier-to-be Frank Coleman to run in the district in a byelection.
Short term as premier
Marshall was sworn in as premier January 24, following Kathy Dunderdale's resignation from the role, with the understanding that his time as premier would be short.
Marshall said after the House wrapped up he would be saddened to leave his last session, but the time was right.
"You know when you come here you're going to go one day. I remember being a student at Memorial … and I remember doing [the mock Parliament] down at the Colonial building and wondering if I'd ever get the chance to do it for real, and I'm really glad I had the opportunity to do it," he said.
"I'm very grateful to the people of Humber East, the people of Corner Brook, Pasadena, all the communities for giving me the opportunity — it's something I don't know why I wanted to do it, but I always wanted to do it, I wanted to serve. It's important that you come in, you do your bit, and then you move on through for new people with new ideas."
Marshall hasn't announced yet when he will be stepping down as MHA.