Kathy Dunderdale

Kathy Dunderdale

Kathy Dunderdale is the 10th premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and the first woman to hold this position in the province.   

Family story


Dunderdale was the middle child of 11 children (eight girls and three boys).  She was born and raised in a small fishing village in Burin on the coast of Newfoundland (population 2500).




She left her social work degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland to marry Captain Peter Dunderdale, a British Sea Captain with whom she has a son and a daughter.


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Leadership bid:


As Deputy Premier, Kathy Dunderdale replaced premier Danny Williams when he retired in December 2010.  In April 2011, she became the leader of the Newfoundland Progressive Conservative Party in an uncontested race.




In the provincial election in October 2011, she won a majority government.


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This Premier's profile is part of EV's summer news series on the occasion of the annual Premiers' meeting at Niagara on the Lake in July 2013. This year, a historic six women premiers were at the table representing nearly half of all Premiers. Read more here