Friday, June 15, 2007

Former minister of Tourism - is general manager of operations of Humber Valley Resort

The former minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation announced Friday he's taking a job as general manager of operations of Humber Valley Resort. Shelley's new job starts July 13, which means he has to leave as his position as the legislature member for Baie Verte on July 12.

He had intended to finish out his term, but the job cut his term short by a few months."I've been interested in tourism for a long time," Shelley said. "With the busy season coming upon us, the timing sort of dictates I take up this job as soon as possible. I'll take the next two or three weeks to deal with files in the district and come into it full time after July 12.

"He said going from 15-year provincial politician to helping manage a world-class resort is going to be an adjustment, but it's one he feels he can handle."I'm really looking forward to the challenge," he said. "My love is tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador. I've believed for a long time Humber Valley Resort is a jewel in the crown of tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador. It's been good to this point and I think it's even going to get better."The potential for the entire Humber Valley and west coast is huge and I've said that as a tourism minister."I certainly think that's going to continue on. There's really exciting times coming for not only for Humber Valley resort, but that entire region of the province.
Full story - Western Star

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If a Federal Minister of the Crown left government (within two years) to go work for a business with which his department had these kinds of relations, it would be illegal.

Just goes to show how unaccountable and unethical our provincial government is and how lax its rules are compared to the federal government. Mr. Shelley is probably a wonderful, kind and qualified individual. I mean him no malice, nor the resort. But there's a principle being ignored here.

As Minister of Tourism, he oversaw government policy decisions that unquestionably were of importance to the resort.

It smells bad when cabinet ministers can make such a transition.

It smells worse when no one questions it.