UPDATE: Major changes to cabinet

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Dunderdale shuffles the deck

Premier Kathy Dunderdale has significantly shuffled the deck.

In a move that's been anticipated for more than a month, Dunderdale made major changes to her cabinet this afternoon.

The move comes as the goverent tries to reset after a rocky first year following the October, 2011 general election.

The biggest changes were to the portfolios of Justice, Environment, Transportation and Tourism.

Felix Collins, who was the justice minister responsible for the damaging Bill 29 debate on access to information, was moved to the low profile Intergovernmental Affairs portfolio.

Darin King will take on the justice department, along with the role of Government House Leader.

Terry French returns to the department of Tourism, and Derrick Dalley becomes the minister of fisheries.

With the government gearing up for a special debate on Muskrat Falls, the high profile Natural Resources portfolio was not touched; minister Jerome Kennedy will still be the lead on the Muskrat Falls file.

The list of cabinet appointments is as follows:

• Tom Marshall 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 Corp.

• Tom Hedderson is appointed 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.

• Darin King is appointed as minister of justice, Government House leader and minister responsible for the Labour Relations Agency.

• Felix Collins is appointed minister for intergovernmental affairs and Aboriginal affairs.

• Terry French is appointed minister of tourism, culture and recreation.

• Derrick Dalley is appointed minister of fisheries and aquaculture.

• Keith Hutchings is appointed 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 Corp.

• Paul Davis is appointed as minister of transportation and works and minister responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp.

 • 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.

The premier also announced the establishment of a new 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.

Dunderdale said the new mandate of this office will ensure every department can launch effective, targeted and interactive public consultations, i"including social media and rich information resources.

For full story, see Saturday's Telegram.


Earlier story

A provincial cabinet shuffle will be taking place this afternoon, according to a news release from Premier Kathy Dunderdale's office.

A swearing-in ceremony for cabinet ministers will begin 2:30 p.m. today at Government House in St. John's.

The Telegram will be there to provide a further update this afternoon.



Organizations: Government House

Geographic location: St. John's

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Recent comments

  • gord
    October 20, 2012 - 23:35

    Sorry but it's too late you've had your chance to prove your worth. Politicians are on the same level as tradespeople, it's difficult to find a good one these days. Just putting anyone in a position doesn't wash anymore. The customer now demands quality service for the price they pay.

  • Edward Sawdon
    October 20, 2012 - 10:25

    The Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador Cathy Dunderdale had a provincial cabinet shuffle yesterday, Friday, October 19th. I wish our Prime Minister Harper would do the same with his Conservative Cabinet by getting rid of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Intergovernmental Minister Peter Penashue

  • Ken Collis
    October 20, 2012 - 00:47

    Ministers are just talking heads. Some just have a better way with words, making the BS be believed by more people. The real decision making is done by senior public service. Until those folks get replaced there will be very little change for the better. Ministers do have the power to say what topic is to be concentraited on but that is the full extent.

  • crooks
    October 19, 2012 - 23:07

    corruption will never change when it comes to politicians. they couldnt care less about the taxpayer.

  • NICK
    October 19, 2012 - 21:57


  • Newfie And Proud Of It
    October 19, 2012 - 20:55

    Blunderdale OOPS I mean Dunderdale will never get a vote from me..

  • King and justice
    October 19, 2012 - 19:14

    Darrin King abandoned fisheries for justice a profile that requires a legal background - just imagine. I guess in served his time in fisheries maintaining the government's position of doing nothing to address the real problems in rural NL. It is now all too apparent that there is no leadership or vision to change the fishery and improve the lot of rural people. The strategy is clear - find work in Alberta but make sure you send home your cheque.

  • Edmund
    October 19, 2012 - 16:20

    Blunderdale / Dumberdale or just simply stupid is our so called Premier. She is not intelligent enough to represent those in her riding let alone the whole province. Why hasn't Steve Kent been shunned again by her. He has proven himself to be an excellent leader for his riding and the City of Mt. Pearl for many years, has won all of his elections by one of , if not the largest, of majorities, has national business and volunteer experience and exposure and more common sense than most of those who suck up to Dunderdale. Maybe his ideas and opinions scare her and she is afraid that Steve may show her up should he become a Minister (very true). I have been a PC all my life but this election I and my entire family of 23 votes will be voting NDP just to get rid of her. Steve Kent should consider doing likewise and don't worry about going from one party to another as you will have lots of support. Go back in the closet Dunderdale your time is up.

  • Political Watcher
    October 19, 2012 - 15:44

    Not to worry Whaddaya At, you wont see Kent in any Tory Cabinet. Williams wouldn't even be seen in a photograph with him (Only the ones where Kent ran to stand behind him). I remember when Kent posted a photo one time titled "Kent attends Winter Carnival Ceremonies with Premier": you had to look long and hard at the photo to find Kent, he was in the last seat in the back row. Once Dean MacDonald takes over as Liberal leader Kent will try and bolt it back to the red team.

  • Equal Rights
    October 19, 2012 - 14:42

    Soooooooo? let's see...males only on the "slap on the wrist list"; I guess the ladies in cabinet have done such a marvelous job, there's no need to shuffle the deck; ah yes, Ministers Burke, Johnson, and Sullivan have such exemplary service records.

    • Jay
      October 20, 2012 - 08:14

      Disappointing all around. The only good news here is that maybe the existing backbenchers will see the handwriting on the wall and follow Tom Osbourne's lead. Maybe then, we'll have a chance for an election. Then to top it off, she adds another level to an already bloated bureaucracy. The "Office of Public Engagement" is now going to "streamline" the other useless secretariats which she's created. Give me a break!

  • Harold
    October 19, 2012 - 14:18

    democracy in action? peter mansbridge and at issue panel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-duK71xIWM

  • freezbie
    October 19, 2012 - 13:44

    Better if Ms.Dunderdale removed herself and let someone else take the throne.Hope her pension is a good one,'cause she ain't getting in next time.And I wish she would stop yelling and speak lowly.

  • Former PC
    October 19, 2012 - 13:25

    So what does the Premier do?

  • Times of Restraint
    October 19, 2012 - 12:19

    Given the Premier's own words that these are times of restraint I will be looking to see if she EXPANDS the size of her cabinet. can't imagine anyone being dropped, might cause another defection. Let's see if she practices what she preaches.

  • MM Says
    October 19, 2012 - 12:17

    Its like re arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  • Scott Free
    October 19, 2012 - 12:01

    Somebody peed in the cornflakes; I wonder who gets dumped and which bobblehead gets promoted?

  • Whaddaya At ?
    October 19, 2012 - 11:51

    I assume that if, God forbid, Steve Kent gets a Cabinet Post, there will be a moment of silence so people can ' forgive her, for she knows not what she's done '.

  • Craig
    October 19, 2012 - 11:22

    You can put a thick coat of paint on a mouldy wall, it may look fresh for a while but the only real remedy is to remove the wall and replace it. One thing is for certain, this coat of paint wont last 3 years until the next scheduled election.

    • Daniel
      October 19, 2012 - 11:57

      Unfortunately, the new wall will also turn moldy and most people are just happy with a new coat of paint.