On this week's episode of On Point with David Cochrane, a political panel discusses the hole left at the cabinet table by Newfoundland and Labrador's former Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy.

Unifor Atlantic director Lana Payne, former Liberal MP Siobhan Coady and former Tory cabinet minister Trevor Taylor each share their opinions on what the future of the Newfoundland and Labrador government will be without senior cabinet member, Jerome Kennedy.

Trevor Taylor had some strong words of advice for his former colleagues. Taylor suggested that Premier Kathy Dunderdale is often left to clean up after her government. 

"In my view, for what it's worth — and I'm going to make some bad friends internally on this now — but some of the people there need to take ownership of some of the dirt and deal with it for her, as opposed to letting her wear it," Taylor said.

Liberal numbers

More than 42,000 people have signed up to vote for a new provincial Liberal party leader in November.

As it stands, Dwight Ball has 15,000, businessman Paul Antle has 10,436, while former MHA Danny Dumaresque has between 8,500 and 9,000. Cathy Bennett and Jim Bennett have not released any numbers.

Siobhan Coady said if the numbers are correct, the number of names signed up is on par with the number of people who voted Liberal in the last provincial election. 

"It's a pretty significant number," Coady said, "It builds an incredible database, sets us up beautifully for the next election."

The full episode of On Point with David Cochrane is in the video above.