Premier Paul Davis Unveils New unveiled significant changes to several government departments and other innovative initiatives.
Written by Administrator on September 30, 2014
“This restructuring acknowledges natural synergies in key social and economic activities. This is part of our plan to build the future of Newfoundland and Labrador on the rock-solid foundation this government has put in place.”
– The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The changes include:
Creation of Department of Public Safety
Public safety will be a major focus of Premier Davis’ administration.
The new department will spearhead initiatives to address crime and safety in our communities, including the creation of a Premier’s Advisory Council on Crime. The new department augments the former Justice department with the addition of the Fire and Emergency Services agency.
Newcomer Judy Manning, a lawyer with extensive provincial, national and international experience, joins government to take on this important new ministerial role and serve as attorney general.
Premier Davis used the opportunity to thank former attorney general Felix Collins for his contributions to government.
“Mr. Collins stepped up and served government when we needed a keen legal mind to serve as attorney general. Similarly, I welcomed his wise suggestion that I use this time of change to renew our cabinet.”
– Premier Davis
Creation of the new Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
The best education systems integrate early learning activities with the formal education system.
The new department will be responsible for the continuum of learning from infancy through high school. It brings together the teams that will spearhead initiatives in early childhood education, the introduction of full-day kindergarten and other advances throughout the primary, elementary and secondary systems.
It augments the current Education department with educational components previously housed in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services. In addition to bringing together units with similar educational responsibilities, it enables CYFS to enhance its focus on the important child protection mandate.
Creation of new Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development
The most progressive societies are healthy ones that honour, listen to, lean on and include their elders in building stronger, more dynamic communities.
The new department combines functions from a number of government departments into new branches focused on seniors, aging and social development as well as health promotion, wellness and sport.
On seniors’ issues specifically, the mandate will also cross departments and government agencies – from health care to housing.
Creation of new Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
An integrated approach will be the focus of the new department, taking advantage of natural synergies. The new department will lead the effort to partner with those who have expertise in the arts, culture, tourism and rural innovation.
Effective business development serves to diversify the economy in general and rural economies in particular.
Rural economic diversification has partly been fueled by tourism development, which has been one of the province’s major success stories over the past decade, creating hundreds of business opportunities and thousands of jobs.
The preservation, celebration and presentation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique cultures are valued and valuable in their own right and must be supported. Concurrently, they remain a central focus of the province’s overall tourism development strategy.
Creation of new Associate Deputy Minister (Transportation)
Roads and transportation infrastructure continue to be a priority for the people of the province.
The creation of this new senior role in the Department of Transportation and Works will ensure these issues remain a priority focus.
Premier Davis indicated to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador that these initial changes reflect the extensive consultation he has undertaken over the past few months as he travelled across the province.