Roger Grimes was sworn in on February 13th, 2001 as the eighth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador by His Honour, the Honourable Dr. A.M. House, Lieutenant-Governor.
In the 1989 election, Premier Grimes won a seat in the District of Exploits and was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to then Premier Clyde Wells. Since that time, he has served as minister in five different portfolios. In 1991, he became Minister of Labour. In 1993, Premier Grimes took over the Tourism, Culture and Recreation department. He was appointed Minister of Education in 1996. After serving three years in Education, Premier Grimes became Minister of Mines and Energy. He subsequently was appointed Minister of Health.
While in Cabinet, Roger Grimes chaired the Social Policy Committee and the Economic Policy Committee and, as well, served on the Planning and Priorities Committee of Cabinet.
Roger was born in 1950 in Grand Falls-Windsor. He attended Memorial University of Newfoundland and earned a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education and Masters degree in Education. He taught math, physics and chemistry in schools from Grand Falls to Bishop’s Falls and Norris Arm. During his teaching career, Premier Grimes held executive positions with the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association and, in 1985, was elected President of the NLTA. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.
Roger’s interest in sports has, over the years, led him to coaching minor hockey, baseball and softball and resulted in his induction into the Newfoundland and Labrador Baseball Hall of Fame. He continues to play slo-pitch softball and recreational hockey. Roger is married to Mary Ann Lewis and he has one daughter, Victoria Carol.
Mr. Tulk was sworn in as the seventh Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador on October 16, 2000. His political career began in 1979, when he was elected as Member of the House of
Assembly for Fogo. For the next 10 years he was very active as Opposition spokesperson on education, social services, fisheries, labour relations, forestry, agriculture, treasury board and
environment. He also served as vice-chair of the Committees on Elections and Privileges,
Parliamentary Reform, Inshore Fisheries, and the Internal Economy Commission. He was Party Whip and Opposition House Leader from 1985 to 1989. From 1982 to1984, he served as president of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador and the provincial representative on the national executive of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Between 1990 and 1993, Mr. Tulk was the Assistant Deputy Minister for Children and Youth Services in the Department of Social Services. He re-entered political life in 1993 when he was again elected to represent the District of Fogo.
With the restructuring of electoral districts in 1996, the District of Fogo "disappeared". In the provincial election that year, Mr. Tulk became the Member of the House of Assembly for the new District of Bonavista North, the district he still represents.
In March 1996, Mr. Tulk was appointed Minister of Forest Resources and Agrifoods, as well as Government House Leader. He was appointed Minister of Development and Rural Renewal in July 1997. In August 2000, he was appointed Deputy Premier.
Mr. Tulk was born in Ladle Cove in the District of Bonavista North that he now represents. He holds a bachelor of arts, bachelor of education and masters in educational administration from Memorial University. He also holds a Canadian Securities Investment Diploma from Canadian Securities Institute.
Mr. Tulk pursued a career as an educator before entering political life. He taught in Aspen Cove and Carmanville for 13 years, and was supervising principal for the Carmanville school system from 1974-79.
JOAN MARIE AYLWARD
Ms. Aylward graduated from the General Hospital School of Nursing and completed her bachelor of nursing degree at Memorial University in St. John's. She began her nursing career as an intensive care nurse at the St. Clare's Mercy Hospital and subsequently became a faculty member at the St. Clare's School of Nursing from 1984 until 1990. She was elected president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union in 1990 and held that position for 5 1/2 years.
After her election in 1996 as MHA for the District of St. John's Centre, Ms. Aylward was appointed Minister of the Department of Social Services. In May 1997, she was appointed Minister of Health and on January 13, 2000, Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs.
Ms. Aylward has served on numerous committees, both community-related and academic, and prior to her election was a member of several health related associations. In 1985, she co-authored the textbook: A Metric Guide for Health Professionals on Dosages and Solutions, W. B. Saunders Co. and co-authored the revised edition in 1988. In 1995, Ms. Aylward was chosen as one of 225 Canadians to participate in the fourth Governor General's Study Tour Conference.
A native of Stephenville, Mr. Aylward graduated from St. Stephen's High and was named Athlete of the Year in 1977. Mr. Aylward attended Memorial University, where he attained a bachelor of commerce degree and a teaching certificate.
He was first elected as Member of 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 parliamentary assistant to the premier. In 1993, Mr. Aylward was again re-elected and named ministerial assistant for small business. In August 1994, he was appointed Minister of Environment. In February1996, he was elected in the newly formed district of St. George's-Stephenville East. He was appointed Minister of Environment and Labour in March of 1996 and in July 1997, he was appointed Minister of Forest Resources and Agrifoods.
He has served as a member of the Economic Policy Committee of Cabinet, the Cabinet Committee on Routine Matters/Appointments and the Cabinet Committee on Rural Revitalization.
Mr. Barrett grew up on Woody Island, Placentia Bay. Upon graduation from high school he attended Clarenville District Vocational School and then Memorial University. He completed his bachelor of arts (education) degree and accepted the position of principal of Point Leamington Elementary shortly after his graduation from Memorial in 1970. In 1973, he was appointed supervisor of adult education with the Department of Education. Two years later he became assistant director of adult education, a position he held until 1987 when he was promoted to director of continuing education with the Avalon Community College. During this time, Mr. Barrett obtained his masters in education administration.
He was first elected to the House of Assembly for the district of Bellevue in 1989. Upon his first election to the House of Assembly, Mr. Barrett was appointed deputy chairman of committees and, in 1995, he was appointed Deputy House Speaker. In July 1997, he accepted the Premier's invitation to be his parliamentary assistant. In January 2000, Mr. Barrett was named parliamentary secretary to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy. In November 2000, Mr. Barrett was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Education.
Ms. Bettney was born in Port au Port. She received her early education in Stephenville and Grand Falls, before attending Memorial University. Following university, she began her career as a physical education/special education teacher in Labrador. It was during this time that she became interested in and later began promoting recreation integration for people with disabilities.
Prior to being elected to the House of Assembly, Ms. Bettney worked with the Public Service Commission for 10 years, specializing in supervisory development, communications training, strategic planning and service quality.
Ms. Bettney has been actively involved in politics since she was elected Deputy Mayor of Mount Pearl in 1985. In 1993, she was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Mount Pearl and later successfully contested the seat for the District of Mount Pearl in the1996 provincial general election. She was subsequently appointed to Cabinet by Premier Brian Tobin as the Minister of
Works, Services and Transportation and the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. In May 1997, Ms. Bettney was appointed the Minister of Human Resources and Employment, while retaining responsibility for the Status of Women. In October 2000, she was appointed Minister of Health and Community Services (Acting).
Ms. Foote is a Memorial University graduate with a bachelor of arts and bachelor of education degrees. In 1977, she moved to Sarnia, Ontario to attend Lambton College, graduating with an honours diploma in radio and television broadcast arts.
For the past 18 years, Ms. Foote has been dedicated to community service, working in several volunteer capacities with a variety of organizations. In addition to her volunteer work with several organizations, including the St. John's Association for the Mentally Delayed and the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, she served in several capacities over the past 15 years with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
Prior to her involvement in politics, Ms. Foote worked in television journalism with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's public affairs program "Here & Now" and as the Director of University Relations with Memorial University of Newfoundland. Immediately prior to entering politics she worked in the Premier's Office as the Director of Public Relations, a position she held for seven years.
Ms. Foote was elected as the MHA for the District of Grand Bank on February 22, 1996. On March 14, 1996, she was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Development and Rural Renewal. On July 4, 1997 Ms. Foote was appointed Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology. Ms. Foote was appointed Minister of Education on December 15, 1998. She has served as a member of the Treasury Board, Social Policy Committee of Cabinet and the Cabinet Committee on Rural Revitalization.
SANDRA C. KELLY
Ms. Kelly was born and raised in Gander. She attended Gander Collegiate and continued her education at the General Hospital School of Nursing in St. John's, where she graduated as a registered nurse. She later received a diploma in community health nursing from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 1985, Ms. Kelly entered municipal politics and served eight years as Deputy Mayor of the Town of Gander, and was elected mayor in 1993. At that time, Ms. Kelly became heavily involved in community affairs, holding the positions of chair of the airport transfer committee, and chair of the provisional regional economic development board. As well, she was appointed to the Newfoundland and Labrador Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and has also served on the boards of Cara Transition House, Gander Worldwide Inc., the Waterford Hospital, and the Gander and Area Development Corporation.
Ms. Kelly moved from municipal politics to provincial politics in 1996, when she was elected Member of the House of Assembly for Gander district. Shortly thereafter she was named Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, and on December 15, 1998 was named Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology.
Mr. Langdon completed his post-secondary education at Memorial University, where he earned a
bachelor of education degree, and then went on to complete a bachelor of arts degree. After graduation, Mr. Langdon taught school for 24 years, 20 as vice-principal of Point Lemington Central High and four years at Seal Cove, Fortune Bay. During his teaching career, Mr. Langdon was an active participant in his school's extra-curricular activities.
Mr. Langdon's political career began when he was elected to the Point Lemington Town Council in 1970, serving for 15 years. He served as the town representative on the School Tax Authority for eight years, and five years on the board of directors for the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Municipalities.
Mr. Langdon was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1989, and was successfully re-elected in 1993 and 1996. After the 1996 election, Mr. Langdon became parliamentary assistant to the Premier. On July 4, 1997 Mr. Langdon was appointed Minister of Environment and Labour. He has served as a member of the Economic Policy and Social Policy Committees of Cabinet as well as the Public Accounts Committee, the Caucus Committee on Social Services, and the Social Services Legislative Review and Estimate Committee.
Mr. Lush was first elected as a Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Terra Nova in 1975, and was re-elected in 1979 and 1982. In 1983, Mr. Lush resigned from the House of Assembly and accepted a position with the Avalon Consolidated School Board in St. John’s, a return to his earlier career as an educator. He returned to politics in 1985 and was re-elected as the member for the District of Bonavista North.
During his early years in the Opposition, Mr. Lush was his party's official spokesman on several departments and served on many Standing and Select Committees of the House of Assembly.
In May 1989, Mr. Lush was re-elected as the member for Bonavista North and was subsequently nominated and elected Speaker of the House of Assembly. In May 1993 he was re-elected and appointed Minister of Social Services, a portfolio he held until August 1994. At the dissolution of the House in 1996, Mr. Lush was vice-chair of the Public Accounts Committee and Chair of the Select Committee on No Fault Insurance. In the election of 1996, Mr. Lush, as a result of electoral boundary changes, returned to his political roots and was re-elected as the MHA for the District of Terra Nova. He is presently vice-chair of the Public Accounts Committee and chair of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Committee. On November 7, 2000 he was sworn in as Government House Leader.
A native of Gambo, Mr. Lush holds a bachelor of arts (education), bachelor of arts and masters of education from Memorial University. Mr. Lush has 14 years teaching experience, mostly in the area of administration as vice-principal, principal and as supervisor. He has taught in various communities throughout the province including St. John's, Windsor, Musgrave Harbour and Churchill Falls, Labrador. During his teaching career, Mr. Lush was involved extensively in several executive positions at both the local and provincial branch levels.
Mr. Matthews has enjoyed a successful career in both the public and private sectors before entering political life. He 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.
In the community, Mr. Matthews has served in a number of different capacities. For eight years he 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 and the VOCM Cares Foundation board of directors, in addition to being a member of the St. John's Board of Trade and a number of other boards.
In 1993, Mr. Matthews was elected to the House of Assembly as the Liberal member for St. John's North. In 1994, he was appointed Minister of Health, and subsequently served as Minister of Works, Services and Transportation, and Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs. On January 13, 2000 he was appointed Minister of Finance.
In addition to serving as Minister of Finance, Mr. Matthews also served as acting Minister of Education from October 2000 to January 2001.
Mr. McLean was born in Northwest River, Labrador. He graduated from Yale High School in 1963 and later trained with the Public Service Personnel Management Program.
In 1972, Mr. McLean began his life in public service with Grenfell Regional Health Services as
the assistant maintenance supervisor for Northwest River and the coastal nursing stations. In 1980 he became regional manager for the provincial Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs in Goose Bay. During his time in this office, Mr. McLean administered municipal service programs including water and sewer and road upgrading for communities throughout Labrador. He also developed and implemented a municipal councillor training program and participated in the development of a two-year Canada/Newfoundland Native Communities Agreement.
Mr. McLean 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. Mr. McLean was also a member of the board of management for the Melville Hospital and in 1994 was appointed to the Labrador Health Board.
Mr. McLean was first elected in February 1996 and was appointed Minister of Government Services and Lands on March 14, 1996. He was appointed Minister of Development and Rural Renewal (Acting) on October 17, 2000.
Mr. Noel was appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs for Newfoundland and Labrador in December of 1998. He represents the District of Virginia Waters in St. John’s, and has been an MHA since 1989. He has served as chair of a Ministerial Committee on Air Industry Policy and as a member of Treasury Board.
Mr. Noel was born and raised in St. John’s and operated his own business prior to entering politics. He is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He is the author of A Response to Our Time: A perspective on the evolution and state of modern meaning and organization.
KELVIN L. PARSONS
Mr. Parsons graduated from St. James Regional High School in Port aux Basques in 1972. From there, he attended Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts (honours) degree in 1976. In 1979, Mr. Parsons was awarded an L.L.B from the University of New Brunswick, and was called to the Newfoundland Bar in 1980.
He practiced law in Port aux Basques from 1980 to 1981 with the firm Wells, Monaghan and Company, before opening his own Port aux Basques law firm, Kelvin L. Parsons Law Office. Mr. Parsons operated his own practice until his election to the House of Assembly on February 9, 1999 as MHA for the District of Burgeo & LaPoile.
Mr. Parsons has been an active member of the Town of Port aux Basques. Over the years, he has served as chairman and CEO of the Port aux Basques Innovative Regional Community Futures Committee; chairman of the Marine Atlantic Restructuring Committee; a member of the Bruce-Bullett 100th Anniversary Committee; chairman of the Port aux Basques ‘Matthew’ Committee; chairman of the Port aux Basques Come Home Year Committee (1994-1995); an executive member of the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association; chairman of the board, and member of the Charles L. Legrow Health Centre; executive member of the Port aux Basques Integrated School Board; and, president of the Port aux Basques Chamber of Commerce.
In his legal capacity, besides operating this own law firm, from 1987-1992 Mr. Parsons acted as an agent for the Attorney General of Newfoundland and Labrador on Criminal Code prosecutions, for the Attorney General of Canada for fishery and unemployment prosecutions starting in 1983, and on drug prosecutions starting in 1994. From 1990, until his election to the House of Assembly, Mr. Parsons was an adjudicator with the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Board.
On January 13, 2000, Mr. Parsons was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. On May 16, 2000, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.
Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Reid went on to obtain a bachelor of arts, bachelor of education and a masters degree in philosophy at Memorial University in St. John's. After graduating from Memorial, Mr. Reid took up a teaching position at Coaker Academy on New World Island.
While living on New World Island, he became involved in municipal politics and served three years as a councillor in Summerford. In 1989, he left his teaching position to become executive assistant to then Fisheries Minister Walter Carter and later to Dr. Bud Hulan. In this capacity, Reid gained considerable knowledge of the fishing industry and government in general.
In February 1996, Mr. Reid was successful in his bid to become the MHA for the newly-formed District of Twillingate-Fogo, one of the largest districts in the province. He was re-elected in the February 9, 1999 general election and in 1999, was named government whip. In November 2000, he was appointed parliamentary secretary the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Mr. Smith has had a distinguished career as an educator, holding teaching positions at St. Joseph's High School in St. George's and then at Our Lady of Lourdes All Grade School in Lourdes. He was also the principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School for 23 years. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor of arts, bachelor of education and masters of education from Memorial University.
Mr. Smith has been actively involved in his community for many years. He served for 10 years as a member of the Retention Committee for the Lourdes School System and as vice-chairman of the Port au Port Community Employment Strategy Association (CESA). He was on the board of directors of the Port au Port Work Activity Project and was president of the Port au Port Economic Development Association for nine years. He also served five years as president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Rural Development Council.
In 1999, Mr. Smith was named by Premier Tobin as Chair of Committees and was named Deputy Speaker in 2000. On November 6, 2000, he was appointed to a dual parliamentary secretary position to the ministers responsible for Government Services and Lands as well as Development and Rural Renewal.
Ms. Thistle first entered politics in 1990 when she was elected as councillor to the newly amalgamated Town of Grand Falls-Windsor, and was successfully re-elected for a second term in 1993. During this time she served on all committees of council, chairing the finance, economic development and tourism committees. While on the economic development committee, Ms. Thistle was responsible for developing and implementing a strategic economic development plan with a regional focus to include the entire Exploits Valley.
Ms. Thistle began her early financial career with CIBC, and worked at many of the bank branches throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. In 1977, she became the first manager of Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union in Grand Falls-Windsor, a position she held until being elected to the provincial House of Assembly in February of 1996.
During her first term as an MHA, Ms. Thistle served as a member of both the Public Accounts and Resource Committees. Ms. Thistle was appointed to Cabinet as President of Treasury Board on December 15, 1998.
Ms. Thistle has served as past director of the South and Central Health Foundation and Exploits Valley Development Association. She is also past co-ordinator of fund-raising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and a volunteer for the Exploits Disabled Association. Ms. Thistle has also served as past board member of the Provincial Government Advisory Council on the Economy and the Royal Commission on Education Advisory Committee.
Mr. Wiseman has been involved in politics since 1989, beginning as executive assistant to the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and later Environment and Lands. In1995, he worked as the Economic Diversification and Growth Enterprises program (EDGE) facilitator with the Department of Industry, Trade and Technology.
Since being elected as Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Topsail in 1996, Mr. Wiseman has been a very active member of the Liberal caucus and of the House of Assembly. He was appointed chair of the Government Services Committee and later elected as Liberal Caucus Chair in 1996. In 1999, he was named parliamentary secretary to the Government House Leader. On November 6, 2000, Mr. Wiseman was appointed parliamentary assistant to the Premier and Deputy House Leader.
Mr. Wiseman started his professional career in 1966. He has had a 19-year career in the private business sector, 14 of those years as a business owner and general manager.
Mr. Woodford was born in St. John’s and educated at Zavier High School in Buchans, graduating in 1965. He continued his education at the Grand Falls Vocational School and graduated in 1971 with a diploma as an electrician.
Mr. Woodford was first elected to the House of Assembly on April 2, 1985 as a member for Humber Valley and has been re-elected four times, in 1989, 1993, 1996 and 1999. In January of 1989 he became Minister of Rural, Agricultural and Northern Development, a position he held until May 1989. Mr. Woodford has also served as Opposition Critic for the Departments of Justice, Municipal and Provincial Affairs, Forestry and Agriculture, and Industry, Trade and Technology.
Mr. Woodford served as the director of the Federation of Municipalities for five years, was Mayor of Cormack for 10 years, and served for two years as chairman of the Humber Valley Agricultural Association.
Mr. Woodford was appointed Minister of Works, Services and Transportation on December 15, 1998 and reappointed on February 10, 1999.
Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier
Born and raised in Curling, Bay of Islands, Mr. Joyce completed his schooling at Regina High School and attended Memorial University and Acadia University. Mr. Joyce has always been actively involved in sports and, in 1975, he won the bronze medal for boxing at the Canada Winter Games and was twice named Corner Brook's Athlete of the Year.
Mr. Joyce is actively involved with the Canadian Paraplegic Association and is currently serving as Chairman and CEO of the provincial association and serves as a director on the national board.
Mr. Joyce was first elected to represent the district of Bay of Islands in 1989, but stepped aside to give former Premier Clyde Wells a seat in the House of Assembly. He was appointed the Premier's west coast executive assistant and continued to serve in that position under Premier Tobin until February1999, when he was re-elected to represent the Bay of Islands. He serves on the Public Accounts Committee and is Chairman of the Estimates Committee.
Mr. Andersen grew up in Makkovik and graduated from high school in North West River. In 1973, Mr. Andersen worked in Davis Inlet before moving to Happy Valley-Goose Bay in 1974, where he became involved in many community groups. He was a member of the Happy Valley Lions Club and was selected Citizen of the Year in 1983 for his work and dedication to the youth of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Mr. Andersen has been involved in minor hockey for 15 years, spending 12 years as president of the local hockey association. He has won provincial and national awards for his support of minor hockey in Labrador.
Mr. Andersen has represented his community for many years, working countless hours since 1996 as the Member of the House of Assembly for Torngat Mountains. In November 2000, he was appointed parliamentary assistant to the Premier on aboriginal affairs in addition to his role as caucus chair.
Ms. Jones, a native of Mary's Harbour, Labrador, graduated from St. Mary's All-Grade in 1986 and, in 1988, received a diploma of applied arts in journalism from the West Viking College in Stephenville.
She began her journalism career as a reporter with the Robinson-Blackmore chain of newspapers and worked at various locations across the province. As an employment outreach counselor, mayor and chairperson of the provisional economic development board for Zone 4, Ms. Jones was very active in community life, aboriginal affairs and economic development.
Ms. Jones was elected as an Independent Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly for the district of Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair on February 22, 1996 and re-elected as the Liberal MHA for the district in 1999.
Mr. Sweeney is a native of Carbonear. He graduated from St. Francis High School in Harbour Grace and then went on to the Carbonear District Vocational School where he graduated in 1969 as an electrician. Mr. Sweeney has a wealth of experience in post-secondary education having worked as an electrical instructor and training coordinator with the community college system for 20 years.
Mr. Sweeney became executive assistant to the Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs in 1993. He was elected as the Member of the House Assembly for the District of Carbonear-Harbour Grace on February 9, 1999.
Mr. Sweeney has a history of community involvement through a number of organizations and groups. He is the past deputy governor of Zone 9 Kinsman Club, past grand knight of McCarthy Council Knights of Columbus Carbonear, Chairperson of the Trinity-Conception Regional Health Care Board from1985 to 1989, a sitting member of the Conception Bay North Folk Arts Council and a member of the board of directors of the Conception Bay North Community Centre.
Jim Walsh has been the MHA for the district of Conception Bay East & Bell Island (formerly Bell Island) since 1989. Mr. Walsh has served as caucus chairman and has both chaired and sat on numerous government committees. He has been an active community leader throughout his career, serving as president of a number of community organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Canada Jaycees. Before entering politics, Mr. Walsh was a founding director of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador. He served as a director of the Better Business Bureau, a national director of the Canadian Restaurant Association and is a past-president of the Federal Business Development Bank Community Business Initiative Program. Mr. Walsh is a former Minister of Tourism and Culture. In January 2000, he was named by the Premier as parliamentary secretary to the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy. Recently, he has been parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.