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Newfoundland Premier Kathy Dunderdale

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Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

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About Kathy Dunderdale:

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale became Newfoundland and Labrador's first female premier when she took over from Danny Williams on his retirement in December 2010. She was officially sworn in as leader of the Newfoundland Progressive Conservative Party at a leadership convention in April 2011. In the October 2011 provincial election she led the Progresive Conservatives to another majority government.

Kathy Dunderdale began her political career as a town councillor in Burin, Newfoundland, and went on to be Deputy Mayor of Burin. She was elected to the Newfoundland House of Assembly in 2003, and has served in a variety of cabinet posts, including Minister of Natural Resources, and as Deputy Premier. Throughout her career, Kathy Dunderdale has focused on women's issues and sustainable rural development.

Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador:

2010 to present

Birth:

Born in 1952, Kathy Dunderdale grew up in Burin, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Education:

Attended Memorial University

Political Affiliation:

Newfoundland Progressive Conservative Party

Riding (Electoral District):

Virginia Waters

Political Career of Kathy Dunderdale:

  • Kathy Dunderdale started her political career as a town councillor for Burin, Newfoundland and Labrador. She went on to become Deputy Mayor of Burin. She also served as the President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Municipalities and as a Director of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities.

  • Kathy Dunderdale was first elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly in 2003.

  • Her first cabinet position was as Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development and Minister Responsible for the Rural Secretariat.

  • In 2008 she was appointed Deputy Premier, as well as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.

  • In December 2010, with the retirement from politics of Danny Williams, Kathy Dunderdale became interim leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador Progressive Conservative Party and was sworn in as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, making her Newfoundland's first female premier. She officially became leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador Progressive Conservative Party at a leadership convention in April 2011.

  • In the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election Kathy Dunderdale led the Progressive Conservatives to another majority government, although slimmer than the Williams' wins. The win made Dunderdale the first woman to lead a party to victory in Newfoundland.

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