Kathy Dunderdale becomes Newfoundland's first female premier

Posted Dec 3, 2010 by Lynn Curwin
Kathy Dunderdale became the first female premier of Newfoundland and Labrador when she was sworn in during a ceremony in St. John’s on Friday.
Kathy Dunderdale
Kathy Dunderdale
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Dunderdale is replacing Danny Williams, who decided to retire, until a leadership convention is held in the spring.
She had been serving as deputy premier and natural resources minister in Williams’ Progressive Consevative government.
Williams was among those cheering as she swore an oath before Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie at Government House.
"We have come this far together and the best is yet to come," the CBC quoted Dunderdale as saying to supporters.
She was a social worker, and had been active in community, rural and municipal issues before first being elected to the house of assembly in 2003. She had also been deputy mayor of the town of Burin, and became the first woman to lead the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Municipalities.
Dunderdale said she will not run in the leadership campaign, but does plan to run again in the scheduled October 2011 election.
"Never have we been more determined to succeed and never have we been more confident that we can," she stated.
She said that she is reminded of how different life was for her own grandmother.
"Until 1925, a woman could not even vote in Newfoundland and Labrador and today for the very first time in our province's history a woman serves as premier," she added. "Imagine that."
Women are also leading the Liberals and NDP in Newfoundland and Labrador. Yvonne Jones is Liberal leader, while Lorraine Michael leads the NDP.
Dunderdale is the province’s tenth premier.