April 19, 2002
Premier outlines details of Royal Commission
Premier Roger Grimes today announced the composition of the Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening our Place in Canada. The commission will be chaired by Mr. Vic Young, and will include commissioners Sister Elizabeth Davis and Judge James Igloliorte. Barbara Knight has been appointed deputy minister responsible for the commission on behalf of government.
Mr. Young has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He has served as deputy minister of Treasury Board, chairman and chief executive officer of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and chairman and chief executive officer of Fishery Products International. Sister Davis previously served as chief executive officer of the Health Care Corporation of St. John�s. Judge Igloliorte has served as a judge in the province since 1981. Barbara Knight has held a number of senior positions within government during her 28-year career.
"These commissioners, chaired by Mr. Young, have the critical and ambitious task of researching and consulting on Newfoundland and Labrador�s place in Canada," said Premier Grimes. "More importantly, these individuals will work closely with the people of this province to develop a broad consensus on a vision for the future which will identify ways to achieve prosperity and self-reliance."
Premier Grimes also stated that Newfoundland and Labrador must examine its place in the global context. The province�s geographic location between two of the world�s largest trading blocks is a competitive advantage the province can use to reach new markets and strengthen existing opportunities. The premier noted that reduced borders and new technologies would provide a means by which to build Newfoundland and Labrador�s presence on the world stage.
"The work of government must and will continue during the term of the commission�s mandate," said Premier Grimes. "Government will continue to move forward with the actions it has committed to on behalf of the people of the province."
"The commission�s report will not be judged by its length, thickness or its weight," said Mr. Young. "It will be judged on its success in capturing the views of the people of the province in terms of how we intend to work together to make our future more prosperous. I am delighted that the premier has said from the beginning that the work of the government will not be stopped while the commission is undertaking its tasks."
"I am very excited to lead the work of this Royal Commission as it consults with the people of Newfoundland and Labrador on our present circumstances and our future direction," said Mr. Young. "Our objective will be to search for new ideas, new solutions and new directions in the context that the next decade will be a true turning point in our history."
"When our vision led us to join Canada 53 years ago, we had certain expectations and hopes. Those expectations and hopes are held by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians a generation later. Through the Royal Commission, we hope to develop a broad consensus on what we expect to achieve as we move forward as a resource rich province of Canada."
The Royal Commission�s Terms of Reference, outlining its mandate for the coming months, were also made public. The commission will file its report with recommendations on matters considered in its research and consultations on or before June 30, 2003.
Through research and consultation, the Royal Commission will examine and make recommendations with respect to, among other things:
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BACKGROUNDER - BIOGRAPHIES OF COMMISSIONERS
Victor L. Young
Sister Elizabeth Davis
Judge James Igloliorte
TERMS OF REFERENCE
WHEREAS 53 years ago the people of Newfoundland and Labrador merged their destiny with the people of Canada, a decision they took after vigorous debate and with firm faith in the future;
AND WHEREAS the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have a fierce determination to improve their province and all who live in it by striving to achieve prosperity and maintaining the spirit of self-reliance and belief in themselves which have sustained them for hundreds of years;
AND WHEREAS the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has an ideal geographic location between two of the world's leading trading blocks, and the ability through natural resources, technology, reduced borders and other factors to seek opportunities in a more globalized world;
AND WHEREAS the people of Newfoundland and Labrador are determined to do so by developing all of their resources, human and natural, and by renewing and strengthening their place within the Canadian Confederation;
AND WHEREAS it is timely for the people of the province to develop a broad consensus on a vision for the future and identify ways for Newfoundland and Labrador to achieve prosperity and self-reliance, and renew and strengthen our place in Canada.
NOW THEREFORE by Commission under the Great Seal and under the authority of the Public Inquiries Act, the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council appoints as Commissioners: Mr. Victor Young (chairperson), Sister Elizabeth Davis, and Judge James Igloliorte.
AND BE IT ORDERED that the commissioners undertake a critical analysis of our strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations as to how best to achieve prosperity and self reliance.
AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that in the process of making recommendations and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the commissioners specifically examine and report on:
AND THAT, the commissioners undertake their mandate in three phases:
AND THAT the commission shall consider whether a Newfoundland and Labrador Conference should be held prior to the submission of a final report.
AND THAT the commissioners, are vested with the powers and authority set out in the Public Inquiries Act;
AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED THAT, the commission may provide interim or specific issue reports as appropriate and shall submit its final report with recommendations to the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council on or before June 30, 2003.
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