Danny Williams, who was first elected premier of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2003, announced Thursday he is leaving politics within two weeks.
"Today is one of those surreal days that you think about from time to time out of curiosity, but you never ever really allow your mind to go there fully because as you can see, the reality is just too overwhelming. And I got to tell you I do in fact feel very much overwhelmed by the enormity of this today," said Williams.
"Orson Wells once said that if you want a happy ending, you need to know when to end your story. So I’ve called you here today to announce the end of my story as a ninth premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. I will be stepping down on Dec. 3 to allow the party the time to elect a new leader."
Deputy Premier Kathy Dunderdale will be the acting premier until a provincial election next fall.
Seriously? The guy with sky-high approval ratings decides to leave politics after not even two terms in power? What?