June 17, 2002
(Government Services and Lands )


The following is being distributed at the request of the Petroleum Products Pricing Commission:

Commencing tomorrow, the attorney general for the state of Hawaii, U.S.A., begins a four day visit for meetings and discussions with the Petroleum Products Pricing Commission and the provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Hawaii is the first state in the United States to pass legislation regulating the price of petroleum products and this new law is to come into effect next year. The attorney general is coming to Newfoundland and Labrador to study the regulatory commission established by Premier Grimes last year. Earl Anzai will arrive in Gander on Tuesday, June 18, and visit the offices of the commission on Wednesday, then travel to St. John�s for meetings on Thursday and Friday.

While in Grand Falls-Windsor, Mr. Anzai will meet with the commissioner for Petroleum Products Pricing and the staff of the commission who will provide him with a comprehensive presentation on the operations of the regulatory body.

When in St. John�s, he will meet with the Minister of Government Services and Lands Walter Noel. The Petroleum Products Pricing Commission is accountable to the Department of Government Services and Lands for its operations in the province.

As well, Mr. Anzai will meet with key officials and personnel in the Department of Mines and Energy that were responsible for formulating legislation and regulation leading to the establishment of the commission. In addition, Mr. Anzai will meet with the legal advisor to the commission, Dennis Browne, Q.C. (author of the Brown Report) and Roy Myers, whose extensive industry experience at the executive level contributed to the success of the commission thus far.

Mr. Anzai will meet with Premier Grimes on Friday morning. The meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m., and will primarily be a protocol meeting. However, it will focus on the premier�s decision to move forward with regulation of petroleum prices in our province, and with a similar decision by the Governor of Hawaii to enact such legislation in the state of Hawaii.

Mr. Anzai�s visit will conclude on Saturday when he departs for Prince Edward Island for further meetings on regulatory issues.

Media contact: George Saunders, Commissioner, Petroleum Products Pricing Commission,
(709) 489-8877.

2002 06 17                             9:30 a.m.

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