Kathy Dunderdale: 2013 was my toughest year

This year was marked with a lot of high moments for Kathy Dunderdale, but the Tory premier acknowledges there were plenty of tough times in a year-end interview.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale says 2013 has certainly been her toughest year in politics, but that doesn't mean she'll be shying away from politics any time soon. (CBC)

This year was marked with a lot of high moments for Kathy Dunderdale, but there were also plenty of hard times for the Tory premier.

Financing for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric mega-project was completed, and the Opposition couldn't find much to pick apart from the $400-million fisheries fund.

Full interview

Watch Kathy Dunderdale's full interview with David Cochrane on On Point, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. NT. 

But despite Dunderdale's bright spots throughout 2013, she said this year has definitely been her toughest.

"No question, it certainly has been challenging," she said during this week's On Point with David Cochrane.

"We started the budgetary process last year, I mean, we knew we had a significant deficit to wrestle down."

More than 1,000 jobs were cut during this year's budget, and program like Adult Basic Education were cut and privatized.

The polls reflected what the public thought about that, with both Dunderdale and her party dropping to record-low approval ratings.

Dunderdale said she's thinking about her future in politics, but that it's nothing unusual.

"Well, you think about it all the time. This is not a business that you, certainly not one that I went into, where you're always going to have a 20 or 30 year career," she said.

But Dunderdale said she fully intends to run in the next provincial election.

Be sure to tune in to this week's On Point to hear more of what Dunderdale had to say in her year-end interview with David Cochrane.


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