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Cabinet changes; new office of public engagement

October 19, 2012

Premier Announces Changes to Cabinet and New Office of Public Engagement

Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced significant restructuring of her Cabinet and a new Office of Public Engagement.

The following Ministers have taken on new portfolios or new responsibilities:

The Honourable Thomas W. Marshall Q.C. is appointed Attorney General, in addition to his existing responsibilities as Minister of Finance, President of Treasury Board, Minister Responsible for the Human Resource Secretariat, Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission, and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation.

The Honourable Tom Hedderson is appointed as Minister of Environment and Conservation, Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board and Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading.

The Honourable Darin King is appointed as Minister of Justice, Government House Leader, and Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency.

The Honourable Felix Collins is appointed as Minister for Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs.

The Honourable Terry French is appointed as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.

The Honourable Derrick Dalley is appointed as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The Honourable Keith Hutchings is appointed as Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement and Deputy House Leader, in addition to his existing duties as Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and Minister Responsible for the Research & Development Corporation.

The Honourable Paul Davis is appointed as Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation.

The Honourable Nick McGrath is appointed as Minister of Service NL, Minister Responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, Minister Responsible for the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Minister Responsible for the Government Purchasing Agency, in addition to his existing responsibilities as Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs.

“I am pleased to thank these Ministers for their commitment and diligence and look forward to continuing working with them in their new roles,” said Premier Dunderdale.

The Premier also announced the establishment of the Office of Public Engagement within Executive Council, which will include the Rural Secretariat, the Voluntary and Non-Profit Secretariat, the Youth Engagement office, the Strategic Partnership Initiative, and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office.

“The new mandate of the Office of Public Engagement will ensure every department can launch effective, targeted and interactive public consultations, including social media and rich information resources,” said Premier Dunderdale. “The office will build on the existing strengths of current functions and coordinate the efforts of departments to increase access to information resources. It is a clear demonstration of our commitment to open, accountable and transparent government which includes pro-active disclosure of information to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Existing mandates will not be diluted – the Rural Secretariat will continue to support the Regional Councils and rural dialogue; the Voluntary and Non-Profit Secretariat will continue to liaise with and support the voluntary and non-profit sectors; the Strategic Partnership Initiative office will continue to support the Strategic Partnership Council and its sub-committees; the Youth Engagement office will continue with its engagement efforts; and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office will continue to provide coordinating services to government departments.

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