Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale will take part in the fall meeting of Canada's premiers in Toronto Friday, albeit by teleconference.
But it's widely expected the gathering will be overshadowed by the scandal involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Dunderdale was asked Thursday if she thought the premiers would be able to steal some of the spotlight from the embattled mayor.
"Oh my goodness. I mean what can I say? You think it's not going to get any worse, and it gets worse," Dunderdale told reporters outside the house of assembly.
"I mean, there's not much I can say about that. It's shocking."
Ford came under fire on Thursday for making lewd comments about oral sex while speaking on live television.
Dunderdale said if nothing else the accusations of drug and alcohol abuse by Ford, and other troubling allegations against him are sobering points for others to reflect upon.
"It just reminds me of how civilized we are in this place ... and not to be so harsh in my judgment, sometimes, of how we conduct politics in this province," she said.
"It could be a whole lot worse."
Advanced Education and Skills Minister Kevin O'Brien will represent the province at the Toronto meeting.