On November 27, 2009, Sandy Collins, representing the Progressive Conservative Party, was elected in the bye-election in the District of Terra Nova, the seat vacated by Paul Oram, former Minister of Health. The other candidates were John Baird, representing the Liberal Party and Robin Brentnall representing the New Democratic Party. Mr. Collins was sworn and took his seat in the House on December 14th.
The same day Premier Danny Williams announced changes to Cabinet: Thomas Hedderson, formerly Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture was appointed Minister of Transportation and Works. Clyde Jackman, formerly Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Terry French, Member for Conception Bay South was appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. Two Parliamentary Secretaries were appointed as well: Keith Hutchings, Member for Ferryland, to the Minister of Health and Community Services and Wallace Young, Member for St. Barbe, to the Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development.
Second Session, 46th General Assembly
The Second Session of the 46th General Assembly re-convened on November 30th with the newly-elected Member for The Straits--White Bay North, Marshall Dean, taking his seat for the first time.
Darryl Kelly, MHA for Humber Valley was appointed Deputy Chair of Committees on December 7th, replacing Felix Collins, Member for Placentia --St. Mary's who had been appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
The House adjourned sine die on December 22nd having passed 23 Bills, among them two Bills relating to Labrador Inuit Land Claims: An Act To Amend The House Of Assembly Accountability, Integrity and Administration Act and An Act To Amend The Members Of The House Of Assembly Retiring Pensions Act.
Bill 46, An Act To Amend The Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement Act amends the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement Act to incorporate changes made to the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement of 2005 to include the list of beneficiaries who may harvest on the Labrador Inuit lands and to set out the final capital transfer schedule and the final loan repayment schedule.
Bill 47 amends the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement Act to incorporate an agreement respecting the Nunavik Inuit/ Labrador Inuit Overlap Area.
Bill 53 An Act To Amend The Members of the House of Assembly Retiring Allowances Act amends the Act in accordance with recommendations of the Members' Compensation Review Committee. The Bill introduces new eligibility criteria for the MHA pension plan for a Member who is first elected to the House of Assembly after December 31, 2009.
Bill 54 An Act To Amend The House Of Assembly Accountability, Integrity And Administration Act similarly to Bill 53 amends the Act to give effect to a recommendation of the Members' Compensation Review Committee. …