It was one day on the job and one multibillion-dollar development for Derrick Dalley, the province’s newly appointed Natural Resources Minister.
Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley. — Telegram file photo
Dalley was on hand at the head table at the Star of the Sea Hall in Placentia Thursday for the announcement of a benefits agreement for the West White Rose oil project. He could be easily spotted between Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Husky Energy’s Malcolm Maclean.
After the speeches, the new minister was asked by The Telegram if he was up to speed on his portfolio, 24 hours in.
“Obviously I’m still working on it, but a day like this is exciting,” he said. “We’re announcing new innovation, new opportunities, creating jobs in rural Newfoundland and Labrador as well. And on top of all that, we’re building capacity for the future of the industry.”
Looking at the months ahead, he will be taking the lead with his department on: followup on the loan to the Kruger paper mill in Corner Brook, new iron ore projects in western Labrador, progress on the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, an initiative to change the offshore land sale process and fracking, to name just a few.
Dalley comes to Natural Resources from Fisheries and has taken over from Tom Marshall, who is again responsible for the Department of Finance after the cabinet