No intention of resigning, Dunderdale says
Premier says low poll numbers won't force her to step down
Kathy Dunderdale says recent poll numbers that show her popularity is on the decline in the province won't push her to resign her position, and neither will pundits.
Last week, Telegram columnist Russell Wangersky said the time had come for Dunderdale to step down as premier of the province.
In the column "Premier, it's time to go," Wangersky said Dunderdale's "race is run."
The premier said she understands that there are reasons people are upset with decisions made by the Tory government, but that it isn't often that the necessary decisions are the most popular ones.
"You're always happy when people are happy with your decision-making, but one of the challenges of leadership is being able to make decisions that are in the best interests of the people of the province and that are not always popular," Dunderdale said.
"I've said many, many times before — I can't govern by polls, because if I govern by polls then I don't serve the people of this province in a way that I committed to do and in a way that they asked me to do," she added.
"I understand it when people say to me, 'But we don't like some of the decisions that you've had to take.' I don't like them either — it's never a pleasant thing to do when you have to cut back or when you have to lay off, but they're absolutely necessary. And I believe, with time, that people will see the good sense of that."
Dunderdale said that despite fallout after the 2013 budget was released, this province is still ahead of the curve.
"Newfoundland and Labrador is the best place in this country, in my view, to live in terms of any measurement that you would use — we lead the country," she said.
"By every measurement, we've gone from the province with the highest poverty in the country to one of the lowest in the country, so by every measurement, things are really, really good in Newfoundland and Labrador, and that's what I have to focus on."
Dunderdale said those improvements in the province's status are reason enough for her not to resign despite a drop in support from the public.