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In 1991, Duffie was re-elected as MLA and appointed to be the Minister of Education. He became Minister of Municipalities, Culture & Housing in 1994. Upon being re-elected in 1995 he became Minister of Justice.
Duffie did not seek re-election in the 1999 general election.
In 2001, following the resignation of Theriault, Duffie was encouraged to run for leader. His biggest supporters in the small, seven member, Liberal caucus of the day were House Leader Eric Allaby and former Transportation Minister Sheldon Lee .
Though he originally pledged to run in the coming election, he backed fellow Liberal and fellow former Grand Falls mayor Ron Ouellette who was elected on June 9, 2003.
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