Nfld. & Labrador

Expect fallout from N.L. premiers' dispute: pollster

A pollster says public tension between former premier Danny Williams and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale could damage both of them.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale was chosen to succeed former premier Danny Williams after he retired from provincial politics in December. ((Canadian Press))

A pollster says public tension between former premier Danny Williams and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale could damage both of them.

Don Mills of Corporate Research Associates said it could hurt Williams's reputation.

He also said the Progressive Conservatives should be concerned about the fallout for the former premier's handpicked successor as the party heads into a provincial election in October.

"It just raises a question about, you know, whether or not the new premier may in fact be the best choice - having been appointed basically as the heir apparent to Mr. Williams," said Mills.

Last weekend, Williams told CBC News that the premier and her staff are distancing themselves from him. He won't be attending a PC Party dinner this weekend in his honour.

"You know tongues will be wagging in the province for sure over this issue," said Mills. "People will want to know what the basis of the dispute is and now that it's out there in the public, it's very difficult to stop it from becoming worse."