Tourism minister says he was surprised by the news
Mount Pearl South MHA Paul Lane is calling the media together for a news conference at 11 a.m. amid reports that he's crossing the floor and joining the Liberals.
Both VOCM and CBC reported early Monday morning that Lane has quit the PC Party to join the official Opposition.
The news came as a shock for many people; Lane has a reputation as a fierce partisan, and he has held positions within the party as both caucus chair and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development. Lane would make the second Tory MHA to go to the Liberals, after Tom Osborne joined the caucus last fall.
A recent poll had Premier Kathy Dunderdale as the least popular premier in the country.
Minister surprised by Lane’s plan to cross the floor
Tourism Minister Terry French said that Paul Lane’s apparent defection surprised him.
French, who had an unrelated news conference in C.B.S. this morning, said Lane will have to answer to the people of Mount Pearl on whether joining the Liberals was the right move.
As for Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s leadership, French said he still totally supports her, and she can’t carry all of the blame for the Tories’ current misfortune.
"I think we all shoulder some of the blame," he said.