The long awaited provincial cabinet shuffle is going to take place this afternoon!
A year after her historic election as the first female premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Premier Dunderdale is going to shake-up the round table.
If her speech to the faithful at least weeks Progressive Conservative Annual General Meeting in Gander is any indication, she will be putting solid Conservatives into the major economic and financial departments. She says government spending is nearly out of control and wants to reign it in. In that case she needs ministers that are going to support that hawkish ideology.
Rumors that Premier Dunderdale was going to shake up her cabinet surfaced couple of weeks ago. The shuffle was expected on Friday, September 14th, however the resignation of former Cabinet Minister Tom Osborne from the Progressive Conservative Cabinet put the kabosh to that!
Since that time the media has been watching carefully for a sign.
It has been a real tough year for the Premier. She has been battling a steep decline in the polls, a member of her caucus has publicly denounced her leadership and left the party to sit as an independent.
There is also the issue of a number of senior cabinet ministers that are rumored to be ready to retire. A couple of whom wanted out prior to the last election but stayed on for the good of the party heading into the election. They held up their end of the bargain, now it is the Premier's turn. Of course this is not the time to be gambling seats. The PC's certainly could loose a number of by-elections without any concern for loosing their very strong majority.
A swearing-in ceremony for cabinet ministers will begin 2:30 p.m. today at Government House in St. John's.
Should be an interesting afternoon.