June 30, 2008
Thanks Former Premier and MHA Tom Rideout
for Years of Dedicated Public Service
The Honourable Danny
Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today thanked Tom
Rideout, Member of the House of Assembly (MHA) for the District of Baie
Verte-Springdale, for his many years of public service.
“Mr. Rideout is to
be commended for his many years of dedicated service to the people of
Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Premier Williams. “Whether as a
Premier, opposition or government member, Mr. Rideout has had a long and
distinguished career as a politician in this province and I thank him
for his contributions.”
politics in 1975, Mr. Rideout taught high school at St. Theresa’s
All-Grade School in Fleur de Lys and served as a teacher and
vice-principal at St. Pius X Central High School in Baie Verte.
politics and his election in 1975, he served as the Member of the House
of Assembly for the District of Baie Verte-White Bay until 1991. Mr.
Rideout served as the province’s fourth Premier in 1989.
In 1997, Mr. Rideout
graduated from the University of Ottawa Law School with a Baccalaureate
of Laws (LLB) and was admitted to the Law Society of Newfoundland and
Labrador in 1998.
In the 1999, Mr.
Rideout was elected in the District of Lewisporte and was re-elected in
2003. In the October 9, 2007, provincial general election, he was
elected to represent the District of Baie Verte-Springdale. Between
2003 and 2008, he served in the positions of Minister of Transportation
and Works, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney
General, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Government House Leader
and Deputy Premier.
“Mr. Rideout brought
passion and conviction to his role as an MHA and I am confident that he
will be remembered as a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian,” added
Premier Williams. “For over three decades in public life, he served the
people of the province he loved in several capacities and has done so
with sincerity and a genuine desire to effect meaningful and positive
change. I wish Tom and his family the very best for a happy and blessed
The Premier said
that an announcement on a by-election for the District of Baie Verte-Springdale
will be announced within the specified time-frame as required under the
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