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Executive Council
January 27, 2010

Premier Announces Change to Office of Provincial Representative in Ottawa

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced today that as a result of the upcoming expiration of Dr. John FitzGerald's contract, Dr. FitzGerald has concluded his work as the province's representative in the Newfoundland and Labrador Office of Federal-Provincial Relations in Ottawa.

In his new capacity, Dr. FitzGerald will undertake a new assignment as a Special Advisor within the Executive Council of the Provincial Government, with responsibilities including research and protocol.

"I want to personally thank Dr. FitzGerald for his outstanding work during the past four years as Newfoundland and Labrador's representative in Ottawa and I look forward to his continued contribution in his new role," said Premier Williams. "Dr. FitzGerald did an outstanding job serving as our province's ambassador and was a strong voice during his tenure in our nation's capital. He is an exceptional advocate for our province and a passionate Newfoundlander and Labradorian, and has played a pivotal role in important federal-provincial matters during his time in Ottawa."

Until the position in the Ottawa Office is filled, the provincial Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat will assume responsibility for the office.

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Media contacts:

Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Andrea Nolan
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 727-0991

2010 01 27                                                     11:55 a.m.

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