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Health Minister Jerome Kennedy, speaking outside the house of assembly on Wednesday. ((CBC))

Newfoundland and Labrador Health Minister Jerome Kennedy says he may run for the leadership of the provincial Conservative Party, now that Premier Danny Williams is leaving politics.

"I'm interested. I'm considering all my options, but it is not something I have really been able to think too much about," he said Wednesday.

Kennedy, Progressive Conservative MHA for Carbonear-Harbour Grace, was speaking at a news conference he called to announce that government officials are meeting with doctors to try to settle on a new contract. Talks with physicians broke off last summer.

"Right now I'm focused on running my department. I'm focused on trying to get a deal with the doctors, getting ready for the house of assembly and very focused on supporting [incoming] premier Dunderdale," said Kennedy.

"Although I have all the confidence in the world in her, we know that the next couple of weeks are going to be one that we have to show the public what we are made of."

Williams announced Nov. 25 that he was resigning from politics on Dec. 3. The house of assembly is opening on Dec. 6.

Williams said the provincial Progressive Conservative Party will hold a leadership convention next spring and that Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale will be premier until a new leader is elected.

The next provincial election will be held Oct. 11, 2011.