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On Point: Tom Marshall on government's image, direction

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Tom Marshall may only be in the role for a few months, but says he is putting a heavy focus on changing public perception and government's image when it comes to openness.
Tom Marshall is in the On Point studio this week to discuss transparency and the fallout from the Virginia Waters byelection. 17:40

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Tom Marshall may only be in the role for a few months, but says he is putting a heavy focus on changing public perception and government's image when it comes to openness.

Marshall took over the province's top political position following the resignation of Kathy Dunderdale in January.

He may be in the role only temporarily, but has been hard at work, announcing a review of controversial Bill 29 and tabling the province's first whistleblower legislation in the house of assembly.

Marshall said despite the party's loss to the Liberals in the Virginia Waters byelection, he thinks the Tories have been making great gains recently in gaining the public's trust back.

"They're [the public] pleased with what we've been doing, they like the idea that we're listening. They like some of the changes that we've made," he said.

"They want us to continue on that track, and to continue to listen, and we're going to continue to do so."

Approval on the rise

Marshall said the approval numbers for government have been on an incline recently, and he said government intends to make sure that trend continues.

"Our numbers are coming back, we're continuing to listen to the people, and we're going to govern based on what we hear and we're going to do everything we can," said Marshall.

"We're going to continue to work hard, we're going to govern in the best interests of the people of the province, and we're hopefully going to redeem their confidence and their goodwill."

Premier Marshall was the featured guest on this week's On Point with David Cochrane.

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