POLITICS

Chronology of Kathy Dunderdale's time as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

01/22/2014 12:14 EST | Updated 03/24/2014 05:59 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A chronology of Kathy Dunderdale's three years as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador:

Nov. 25, 2010 — Danny Williams makes a surprise announcement that he is stepping down as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador as deputy premier Kathy Dunderdale takes over, becoming the province's first female premier.

Jan. 27, 2011 — After initially saying she didn't want the job full-time, Dunderdale is the only candidate to lead the Progressive Conservative party after a small businessman who wanted to seek the leadership is barred from the race for failing to file valid nomination papers.

April 3, 2011 — Dunderdale officially becomes leader of the Progressive Conservative party at its annual convention.

Oct. 11, 2011 — The Tories are re-elected as Dunderdale leads the party to another majority government.

April 22, 2012 — After years of healthy surpluses, Dunderdale's government forecasts a deficit of about $400 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year as the price of crude dips and takes its toll on the province's oil-dependent economy.

Sept. 13, 2012 — Tom Osborne, a long-time member of the Tory caucus, announces he will sit as an Independent, saying he never supported Dunderdale as leader of the party. He later joins the Liberals.

Nov. 30, 2012 — Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets Dunderdale in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., to sign a loan guarantee that allows the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project to clear a major financing hurdle.

Dec. 17, 2012 — A ceremony marks the final approval for the hydro project as Dunderdale describes it as a turning point in her province's history, although its passage through the legislature was marked by opposition accusations that the government didn't allow for a full review of the development.

March 26, 2013 — The government brings in a budget that cuts 1,200 public sector jobs as it faces a deficit of almost $564 million in 2013-14, prompting an angry reaction.

Sept. 15, 2013 — In a letter to the editor published by the St. John's Telegram, Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall says Dunderdale has the complete backing of the Tory caucus after a series of low poll ratings and criticism on a range of issues including a government bill that is attacked for tightening access to public documents.

Jan. 9, 2014 — Dunderdale calls an independent review of the province's electricity system following a week of rotating blackouts that closed schools and businesses. The review comes as Dunderdale faces mounting anger over what's perceived as her failure to be seen dealing with the problem in its early days.

Jan. 20, 2014 — Paul Lane leaves the Tory caucus to join the Liberals, citing Dunderdale's handling of the recent power outages as "the final straw that broke the camel's back."

Jan. 22, 2014 — Dunderdale announces her resignation as premier and leader of the province's Progressive Conservatives.