March 14, 1996
New Cabinet Sworn in
Backgrounder - Government Restructuring and Reorganization
Cabinet Ministers by Department
Deputy Ministers by Department
Biographies of Ministers
New Cabinet Sworn In
The new Cabinet was sworn in today at
Government House. Premier Brian Tobin emphasized that now he and his Cabinet
have a mandate to govern.
"We have a mandate from the people to carry out our plan for a better
tomorrow," said Mr. Tobin. "We have a strong team to carry out
that plan." "This is a new Cabinet," said Mr. Tobin.
"There are six newly-elected ministers. Only four ministers hold the
same portfolios as before."
Sandra Kelly, Judy Foote, Julie Bettney, Joan-Marie Aylward, Ernest McLean
and the premier are all newly-elected. Ernest McLean will serve as the
Minister of Government Services and Lands. Beaton Tulk also joins Cabinet
for the first time as Minister of Forest Resources and Agrifoods, as well as
Government House Leader.
Paul Dicks (Finance), Charles Furey (Industry, Trade and Technology), Lloyd
Matthews (Health), and Art Reid (Municipal and Provincial Affairs) retain
Other ministers have new portfolios. These are: John Efford (Fisheries and
Aquaculture); Rex Gibbons (Mines and Energy); Roger Grimes (Education);
Chris Decker (Justice) and Kevin Aylward (Environment and Labour).
"I have appointed four women to Cabinet, more than ever before,"
said Mr. Tobin. "They add strength in key economic and social
portfolios." These ministers are: Judy Foote (Development and Rural
Renewal), Julie Bettney (Works, Services and Transportation), Sandra Kelly
(Tourism, Culture and Recreation), and Joan-Marie Aylward (Social Services).
"The government has been reorganized to focus on growth, jobs and
efficiency," said Mr. Tobin. "In this, we are delivering on our
commitments in the Liberal platform."
There are now 16 departments (and Cabinet ministers), rather than 14. This
implements a commitment in the Liberal platform to create a new Department
of Development and Rural Renewal and three departments for resource
management (Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mines and Energy, and Forest
Resources and Agrifoods) to replace two previous departments (Fisheries,
Food and Agriculture, and Natural Resources).
As well, a new Department of Government Services and Lands was added to
provide "one stop shopping" for most government permits (e.g.
motor vehicle registration). This was offset by the consolidation of two
small departments into one, the Department of Environment and Labour.
"There has also been renewal and change in the senior public
service," said Mr. Tobin. "I have promoted five young officials to
become deputy ministers. Four other deputy ministers will serve in new
The new deputy ministers are: Barbara Wakeham (Government Services and
Lands), Joan Dawe (Social Services), John Scott (Development and Rural
Renewal), John Abbott (Municipal and Provincial Affairs) and Michael Buist
(Tourism, Culture and Recreation). The number of departments where the
deputy minister is a woman has increased from two to four.
"We have a new mandate, a new plan, a new Cabinet, a new government
structure and a new group of deputy ministers," said Mr. Tobin.
"We are ready to work with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to overcome
the challenges and seize the opportunities."
Contact: Heidi Bonnell, Office of the Premier, (709) 729-3570.
BACKGROUNDER - GOVERNMENT
RESTRUCTURING AND REORGANIZATION
The new Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture will consist of all the
fisheries related functions of the former Department of Fisheries, Food and
The new Department of Mines and Energy will consist of the
"Mineral" and "Energy" sections of the former Department
of Natural Resources. As well, the Hibernia Project Monitoring office will
be transferred from the Executive Council Secretariat.
The new Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods will consist of the
"Forestry and Wildlife" sections of the former Department of
Natural Resources, and the "Agrifoods" section of the former
Department of Fisheries, Food and Agriculture.
The new Department of Development and Rural Renewal will have a mandate to
create jobs and growth in rural areas. Among other things, it will take over
the functions of Enterprise Newfoundland and Labrador and the Economic
Recovery Commission. The new Department will promote development in the 19
economic zones. The Crafts Program from the existing Department of Tourism,
Culture and Recreation will be transferred to the Department of Development
and Rural Renewal. The Employment Services division from the existing
Department of Employment and Labour Relations will be transferred to the
Department of Development and Rural Renewal.
The new Department of Environment and Labour will consolidate the major
functions of the former Department of Environment and the Labour Relations
and Occupational Health and Safety functions of the former Department of
Employment and Labour Relations.
The new Department of Government Services and Lands will combine all
Government front line services to the public. The new department will
include (1) the Commercial and Corporate Affairs Division of the Department
of Justice; (2) the Lands Division from the former Department of Natural
Resources; (3) the Motor Vehicle Registration Division from the Department
of Works, Services and Transportation; (4) the Vital Statistics Division
from the Department of Health; and (5) responsibility for credit unions from
the Department of Finance. There will be a government review to identify
other services to be transferred to this new department.
To reduce overhead, support services (e.g. personnel and financial
administration) will be shared by several departments, (e.g. for the
Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs and the Department of
Government Services and Lands). As well, there will be reductions in senior
staffing in a number of departments, to reduce overhead. These changes will
result in savings that more than offset the modest additional costs from
establishing the new departments.
CABINET MINISTERS BY
Department of Industry, Trade and Technology Charles Furey
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture John Efford
Department of Mines and Energy Rex Gibbons
Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods and
Government House Leader Beaton Tulk
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation Sandra Kelly
Department of Development and Rural Renewal Judy Foote
Department of Health Lloyd Matthews
Department of Education Roger Grimes
Department of the Environment and Labour Kevin Alyward
Department of Justice and Attorney General Christopher Decker
Department of Social Services Joan Marie Aylward
Department of Government Services and Lands Ernest McLean
Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs Arthur Reid
Department of Works, Services and Transportation
and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Julie Bettney
Department of Finance and President of Treasury Board Paul Dicks
Oliver Langdon will be appointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.
DEPUTY MINISTERS BY
Department of Industry, Trade and Technology Oake, David
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Dean, Les
Department of Mines and Energy Way, Fred
Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods Stanley, Hal
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation Buist, Mike (Acting)
Department of Development and Rural Renewal Scott, John
Department of Health Williams, Bob
Department of Education Fry, Debbie
Department of Environment and Labour Fleming, John
Department of Justice Spracklin, Lynn
Department of Social Services Dawe, Joan
Department of Government Services and Lands Wakeham, Barbara
Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs Abbott, John
Department of Works, Services and Transportation Granter, Clyde
Department of Finance Wall, Phil
Treasury Board Secretariat Kennedy, Peter
BIOGRAPHIES OF MINISTERS
JOAN MARIE AYLWARD
Member for St. John's Centre
Joan Marie Aylward first served as an intensive care nurse at the General
Hospital and at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital. She then served as a faculty
member of St. Clare's Mercy Hospital in 1982 and continued in that capacity
until 1990. During that time she became a member of the Board of Directors
of the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union and was elected President in
1990, a position she has held since that time.
Currently, Joan Marie Aylward serves on numerous committees that reflect her
dedication to her career and her community. These include: a
Cabinet-appointed Pension Investment Committee; Back Injury Advisory
Committee; the Oxfam Board of Directors; MUN School of Nursing Advisory
Committee on Distance Education; and the Transfer Advisory Committee of St.
John's Hospital Corporation.
Prior to being elected on February 22, 1996, Joan Marie Aylward served her
third term as Provincial President of the NLNU and was a member of the
National Federation of Nurses' Union, the Canadian Nurse Educators
Association, the Nurse Educators of Newfoundland and the Newfoundland and
Labrador Employee Assistance Association.
Member for Stephenville
A native of Stephenville, Kevin Aylward graduated from St. Stephen's High
and was named Athlete of the Year in 1977. Mr. Aylward attended Memorial
University and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Teaching
Certificate. He was first elected as the Liberal Member to the House of
Assembly for Stephenville District in 1985 at the age of 24. In 1989 he was
re-elected and served as both the Liberal Whip and as Parliamentary
Assistant to the Premier. In 1993 Mr. Aylward was elected for a third term
and named the Ministerial Assistant for Small Business. In August of that
year he was appointed Minister of Environment. He is a member of the
Resource and Social Policy Committees of Cabinet and the Cabinet Committee
on Appointments. Mr. Aylward is married to Ann McCormack of Port au Port and
they have two children, Mark, who is four, and Katie, who is three years of
Member for Mount Pearl
Julie Bettney has resided in Mount Pearl since 1979. She began her career as
a Physical Education teacher in Labrador. Her profession contributed greatly
to her work promoting recreation integration for people with disabilities.
Previous to entering public life, Julie worked for 10 years with the
Newfoundland Public Service Commission, specializing in supervisory
development and communications related training, strategic planning and
In 1985, Julie Bettney was elected Deputy Mayor of Mount Pearl. She was the
first woman to serve on the Mount Pearl Council in 20 years and, in 1993,
was elected Mayor.
Julie Bettney has served as Provincial Director on the Board of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities and is a member of the Board of
Directors for Public Technology Canada.
Ms. Bettney has always considered it a priority to increase public
involvement in local government by establishing public advisory committees
and promoting public consultation; striving continually to improve the
quality of life for citizens; and to foster partnerships for community
safety and business development.
CHRISTOPHER R. DECKER
Member for the Straits - White Bay North
Christopher Decker was born in St. Anthony in 1941 and raised in Roddickton.
He completed high school in Roddickton in 1959.
In 1966, Mr. Decker graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with
a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy. He
continued his studies at Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax, Nova Scotia
where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1969.
Mr. Decker served as a United Church clergyman throughout the country until
1972. He returned to Roddickton, and while there served two terms as mayor
of the town, and owned or operated several businesses including a nursing
Under his tenure as mayor major water and sewer projects were undertaken,
roads were upgraded, the municipal centre was expanded and a Fire Hall and
crab plant were constructed.
Mr. Decker was a founding member of the White Bay Central Rural Development
Mr. Decker served as a member and chairman of the Integrated School Board
for the Strait of Belle Isle and as a member and chairman of the Vinland
Integrated School Board. He also served for four years as a member of the
Integrated Education Council for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mr. Decker was a member of the Baie Verte - White Bay Liberal Association
and the White Bay North Liberal Association. In 1985, he was elected to the
House of Assembly and served in the opposition until 1989. While a member of
the opposition, he was the education critic, health critic and
Christopher Decker was re-elected in 1989 and invited into the Wells Cabinet
as Minister of Health. Under his direction, major reforms took place in the
Department of Health.
Member for Humber West
Paul Dicks was born in Corner Brook in 1950. After graduating from high
school Mr. Dicks completed a B.A. and B.Ed. at Memorial University. On
graduation, he won the University Gold Medal in Philosophy and the
Newfoundland Teachers' Association Medal for the Outstanding Student in
Mr. Dicks continued his education at Dalhousie Law School where he was
awarded the Sir James Dunn Scholarship and he graduated with an LL.B. in
1976. He was called to the Bar of Newfoundland later that year and practised
law in Corner Brook for the next 13 years.
In the general election of 1989, Paul Dicks was elected MHA for Humber West.
He subsequently held the positions of Minister of Justice and Attorney
General until November of 1991; was re-elected in 1993 and appointed Speaker
of the House of Assembly. In 1995, Paul Dicks became Minister of Finance and
President of Treasury Board .
Mr. Dicks' considerable expertise was utilized during the constitutional
negotiations process when he served as Chair of the Province's Legislative
Committee on Constitutional Matters. He has been an advisor to Premier Wells
for several First Ministers' Conferences.
Member for Port de Grave
John Efford was born at Port de Grave in 1944. He attended high school in
his home community and upon graduating, successfully completed a Business
Mr. Efford went on to establish Efford's Wholesale, Snow's Plumbing and
Heating, and the Della Lee Retail Clothing Store.
In the early 1960s, John Efford became actively involved with the Liberal
Party. He was first elected to the District Liberal Association in 1969 and
served as Vice-President.
In 1985, Mr. Efford was elected as MHA for the district of Port de Grave.
While in opposition, he was responsible for the Departments of Consumer
Affairs, Public Works, Fisheries, Health and Social Services. In the general
election of 1989, Mr. Efford was re-elected and appointed to the Provincial
Cabinet as Minister of Social Services. In the 1993 election, he was
re-elected with the largest majority in the Province and was appointed to
the Cabinet as Minister of Works, Services and Transportation.
Prior to his appointment to the Cabinet in 1993, Mr. Efford held the
position of Chairperson of the United Fisherpersons of Newfoundland and
Member for Grand Bank
Judy Foote is a Memorial University graduate with degrees in Arts and
Education. Following graduation she returned to her home in Grand Bank to
teach at Partanna Academy. In 1977, she moved to Sarnia, Ontario to attend
Lambton College, graduating in 1979 with an Honours Diploma in Journalism.
Judy also completed studies in Public Relations at the University of
Edinburgh in Scotland and is past president of the Canadian Public Relations
For the past 18 years, Ms. Foote has been dedicated to community service. In
addition to her volunteer work with the Girl Guides of Canada and the St.
John's Association for the Mentally Delayed, she has served in various
capacities with UNICEF and several other community organizations.
Prior to her involvement in politics, Judy Foote worked in television
journalism with "Here & Now" and also as the Director of
University Relations with Memorial University of Newfoundland. For the past
seven years she worked in the Premier's Office as the Director of Public
Member for St. Barbe
Chuck Furey was born in the rural community of Avondale, Conception Bay.
After completing high school in St. John's, he studied at Memorial
University of Newfoundland and St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish,
Currently, Mr. Furey is serving his twelfth year as Member of the House of
Assembly for the District of St. Barbe and is the Minister responsible for
Industry, Trade and Technology. His responsibilities include Enterprise
Newfoundland and Labrador Corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador Science and
Technology Advisory Council, Marystown Shipyard Limited and Newfoundland
Member for St. John's West
Rex Gibbons was born in Lumsden, Newfoundland. He is a graduate of Memorial
University of Newfoundland with a B.A. and B.Sc. degrees in 1967 and M.Sc.
(Geology) in 1969. He moved to California in 1969 to study at the California
Institute of Technology in Pasadena and received his Ph.D. in Geology in
Dr. Gibbons and his family moved to Houston Texas where he worked for two
years in the Geology and Geophysics Branch of NASA'S Lyndon Johnson Space
In 1976, Rex Gibbons returned to Newfoundland to work with the provincial
Department of Mines. In 1989 he successfully won the Liberal seat for St.
John's West in the Provincial General Election and in May of that year he
was appointed Minister of the Department of Mines and Energy. This portfolio
is responsible for the development and management of the mining and oil and
gas industries in the province as well as Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
Dr. Gibbons was re-elected to the House of Assembly in 1993 and was
re-appointed as Minister of Mines and Energy. The following year he was
appointed as Minister of Natural Resources a department which encompasses
responsibility for Mines and Energy as well as forestry, lands, wildlife and
inland recreational fishery management.
Member for Exploits
Roger Grimes is a graduate of Memorial University with degrees in Science
(B.Sc.) and Education (Ed.) as well as a Masters degree in Education
Prior to becoming involved in politics, Roger Grimes taught school in
central Newfoundland for 15 years. While teaching, he also served as the
President of the Newfoundland Teachers Association and as Director of the
Canadian Teachers Federation.
In the general election of 1989, Roger was elected as the Member of the
House of Assembly for the district of Exploits. He was appointed
Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier, a position he held until 1991 when
he became the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations. Following the
election in 1993, Roger was re-appointed to Cabinet and became the Minister
responsible for Tourism, Culture and Recreation in 1994.
Member for Gander
Sandra Kelly was born in Gander and graduated from Gander Collegiate in
1968. She pursued a career in nursing, graduating from the General Hospital
School of Nursing in 1970 and obtaining a Diploma in Community Health
Nursing from Dalhousie University. Upon finishing her studies, Sandra spent
five years as a public health nurse and two years as an intensive care and
Ms. Kelly has been involved in municipal politics since 1985 when she ran
successfully for Council. She served as Deputy Mayor of the town of Gander
for eight years and was elected Mayor in 1993.
She has served her community as Chairperson of the Airport Transfer
Committee and the Economic Development Zone for the region. As well, Ms.
Kelly was appointed, by the Premier, to the Newfoundland and Labrador Round
Table on the Environment and Economy.
In the last decade Sandra Kelly has also sat on the Board of Gander
Worldwide Inc., Cara Transition House Board, the Waterford Hospital Board
and the Gander and Area Development Corporation.
Member for St. John's North
Lloyd Matthews has enjoyed a successful career in both the public and
private sectors before entering political life. Mr. Matthews began with a
career in banking and later worked with Revenue Canada. As an entrepreneur,
Mr. Matthews has enjoyed a great deal of success in a variety of business
ventures. He has been involved in the private sector for 20 years
culminating in the establishment of the Matthew Group of Companies which
includes Lumber World, Metal World, Offshore Supplies International and
Matthews Investments Inc.
For eight years Mr. Matthews was an elected School Board Trustee and he has
also served as Provincial Treasurer and Vice-President of the Newfoundland
and Labrador School Trustees Association. He is the founding Chairperson of
the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada in Newfoundland and has served as
both President and Chairman of the national board for the past three years.
Mr. Matthews is also the founding Chairperson of the environmental
organization, St. John's Clean and Beautiful. He has served on the YM/YWCA
Board of Directors, the VOCM Cares Foundation Board of Directors and is a
member of the St. John's Board of Trade.
In 1993, Mr. Matthews was elected to the House of Assembly as the Liberal
member for St. John's North. He was appointed to Cabinet on August 26, 1994
as Minister of Health.
Member for Carbonear Harbour Grace
Art Reid is a native and resident of Carbonear. In 1974, he graduated from
Memorial University with a B.A., B.Ed., taught school for 16 years and
served as Mayor for seven years.
In 1989 Mr. Reid was elected MHA for the district of Carbonear. He has
served on numerous government committees including the Social Legislative
Review Committee and the Conflict of Interest Committee. In 1993 Mr. Reid
was appointed to the Provincial Cabinet as the minister responsible for
Municipal and Provincial Affairs and the Minister responsible for housing.
Art Reid is an active community leader; he is past President of both the
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 23 and the Newfoundland and Labrador
Federation of Municipalities. As well, he has served as President of the
Carbonear branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.
During his time in office, Art Reid has continued his dedication to his
community. His constituents have enjoyed an influx of over $20 million in
water and sewer systems, road work, assistance to recreation, fire
departments and fisherpersons' committees. New projects and programs have
brought over 1,000 full and part time jobs to the district. The Carbonear-Harbour
Grace Summer Games raised the area's tourism profile and potential
throughout the summer of 1992.
Among Art's accomplishments however, are the Conception Bay North By-pass
Road, a multi-million dollar project and the implementation of first year
university in Trinity Conception.
Member for Bonavista North
Beaton Tulk was educated at Memorial University obtaining Bachelor of Arts,
Bachelor of Education and Masters of Educational Administration degrees. He
later obtained his Canadian Securities Investment Diploma.
From 1974-1979 Mr. Tulk was the Supervising Principal with the Carmanville
School System. During his time as an educator, Mr. Tulk was also involved in
the Provincial Liberal party as President of the Fogo District Liberal
In 1979, he was elected the Member of the House of Assembly for the District
of Fogo. In this capacity he was Deputy Leader of the Opposition and
Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Elections and Privileges, the Select
Committee on Parliamentary Reform and the Internal Economy Commission. He
has been the Opposition Critic for Education, Social Services, Fisheries,
Labour Relations, Forestry and Agriculture, Treasury Board and Environment.
Beaton has also served as Chairman of the Inshore Fisheries Committee and
President of the Provincial Liberal Party. In 1990 he became Assistant
Deputy Minister for Children and Youth Services. Beaton was re-elected in
the district of Fogo in 1993.
Member for Lake Melville
Ernest McLean was born in NorthWest River, Labrador. He graduated from Yale
High School in 1963 and later trained with the Public Service Personnel
In 1972 Ernest began his life in public service with Grenfell Regional
Health Services as the Assistant Maintenance Supervisor for NorthWest River
and the coastal nursing stations. Since 1980, Ernest has been Regional
Manager for the Provincial Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs in
Goose Bay. During his time in this office, Ernest has administered municipal
service programs including water and sewer and road upgrading for
communities throughout Labrador. He has also developed and implemented a
Municipal Councillor training program and participated in the development of
a two-year Canada/Newfoundland Native Communities agreement.
Ernest has served his community in various capacities, including Mayor of
NorthWest River and chairperson for that community's Recreation Commission.
He has been a member of the Labrador East Integrated School Board and is
currently the Treasurer of the Labrador Heritage Society. Ernest was also a
member of the Board of Management for the Melville Hospital and in 1994 was
appointed to the Labrador Health Board.
Ernest McLean will be a vocal representative of his district, making sure
the needs and concerns of his constituents are brought to the attention of