On Point

Bill 29 and PC leadership speculation

Following the resignation of Kathy Dunderdale, Premier Tom Marshall announced government would be conducting a review of Bill 29, the controversial legislation that allows government to withhold information.
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Following the resignation of Kathy Dunderdale, Premier Tom Marshall announced government would be conducting a review of Bill 29, the controversial legislation that allows government to withhold information.

Steve Dinn, former deputy chief of staff to former premier Danny Williams, said the announcement of the review was no surprise.

"I don't think there's any illusions around government circles that this has been a thorn in their side for some time," Dinn said.

"I think they're using this now … as really an opportunity to just take a step back, take a deep breath and focus on the things that they might want to reconsider."

Russell Wangersky, with The Telegram, said government prompting a review of the legislation gives the party a chance to show that they are listening to what the public wants.

CBC's St. John's Morning Show host Anthony Germain said the details of the review are going to be very important to ensure any real changes to Bill 29.

Dinn, Wangersky and Germain are on the panel for this week's On Point with David Cochrane.

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