New Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador welcome Lisa Dempster, MHA for Cartwright – L’Anse au Clair, on her appointed as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Minister responsible for Children, Seniors & Social Development, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation and Status of Persons with Disabilities.

“MNL is currently working with the Department on several key initiatives that include municipal legislative review, regional government options, and a new infrastructure plan to address our sector’s one-billion-dollar infrastructure deficit,” says MNL President Tony Keats.

“We have several opportunities to address the challenges in the sector, and we’ve just scratched the surface in terms of making sustainable changes. I’m looking forward to working with the new Minister for finding solutions.”

Dempster began her political career as Deputy Mayor of Charlottetown, a small town in Southeastern Labrador and then successfully ran for the position of Labrador Director on the MNL board. Keats believes Dempster will bring this experience to her new post and is looking forward to working with her and her team at Municipal Affairs and Environment as we develop a strategic plan for the sector.

Keats sends his regards to all returning cabinet ministers and congratulations to first-time cabinet minister Brian Warr, MHA for Baie Verte-Green Bay on his appointment as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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About MNL

Municipalities Newfoundland & Labrador (MNL) was formed in 1951 as an umbrella organization mandated to represent and support local government in Newfoundland and Labrador. MNL represents the 275 incorporated municipalities in the province that service 89 percent of the population and their more than 2,000 leaders.