Newfoundland and Labrador

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Newfoundland and Labrador


Murphy, Elizabeth, Canadian Parliamentary Review


Premier Kathy Dunderdale, shuffled her cabinet on October 25, 2013. The changes included the addition to Cabinet of Steve Kent as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Intergovernmental Affairs and Dan Crummell as Minister of Service NL.

The following have changed portfolios: Tom Marshall, Minister of Finance, Joan Shea, Minster of Environment and Conservation; Paul Davis, Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services, Kevin O'Brien, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, Charlene Johnson Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, Derrick Dalley Minister of Natural Resources, Keith Hutchings, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Nick McGrath, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister responsible for Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs.

The following Ministers retained their portfolios: Terry French, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Darin King, Minister of Justice, Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education and Susan Sullivan, Minister of Health and Community Services.

New Lieutenant Governor

On March 19, 2013, Frank F. Fagan was installed as Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador succeeding John C. Crosbie. On March 25, 2013 the Lieutenant Governor opened the 2nd session of the 47th General Assembly. The Spring sitting concluded on May 16, 2013 with the House passing six bills before rising. The House resumed for its Fall sitting on November 4, 2013.

Changes in the Legislative Assembly

On April 8, Yvonne Jones, MHA, Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair resigned her seat in order to contest the by-election in the federal riding of Labrador. Ms. Jones had represented the provincial district since 1996.

On June 25, 2013 Lisa Dempster was elected in the Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair by-election and took her seat in the House on November 4. On August 27, 2013, Tom Osborne, MHA, St. John's South, who had left the Progressive Conservative caucus in September 2012 to sit as an Independent, announced that he was joining the Official Opposition.

On October 2, 2013, Minister of Finance Jerome Kennedy, resigned his seat of Carbonear-Harbour Grace to return to the practice of law. …

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