March 11, 2005
(Executive Council)

Premier announces two ministers assuming new Cabinet responsibilities

Premier Danny Williams announced today that, effective immediately, two of his cabinet ministers are taking on new responsibilities.

Paul Shelley, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, takes on responsibility for Labrador Affairs, in addition to his current portfolio.

Justice Minister and Attorney General for the Province, Tom Marshall, assumes responsibility for Intergovernmental Affairs.

"I thank both ministers for accepting their additional roles," Premier Williams said. "The realignment allows Minister Taylor, who previously had responsibility for Labrador Affairs, to devote full-time attention to the challenging Fisheries and Aquaculture portfolio. Minister Shelley has very deep roots in Labrador, and I am confident he will be a strong representative for Labradorians around the Cabinet table."

Premier Williams, who previously had responsibility for Intergovernmental Affairs, said the realignment also allows him to devote more time to other areas, including his role as minister responsible for the new Department of Business.

"I welcome Minister Marshall as the new minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, and have every confidence that he will represent government and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador well in his new role."

Ministers Shelley and Marshall will be officially sworn in at Government House today at 2:00 p.m.

Media contact: Elizabeth Matthews, Office of the Premier, (709) 729-3960, 690-5500;

2005 03 11         1:15 p.m.

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