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About the Commission

The mandate of the Royal Commission is to conduct a critical assessment of Newfoundland and Labrador’s strengths and weaknesses and to bring forward recommendations as to how we can renew and strengthen our place in Canada.

The Commission has developed a Research and Consultation Plan. The fundamental purpose of the plan is to engage people and resources to develop a blueprint for a future of greater prosperity and self-reliance. The Plan is comprised of three elements:
  1. Public Consultations: Starting on September 30, public hearings will be conducted across Newfoundland and Labrador. To encourage and support discussion of key issues, the Royal Commission has developed a consultation document. For a list of locations and dates of public hearings, please click here.

  2. Issue Specific Roundtables: As needed, the Royal Commission will bring together smaller groups to have roundtable discussions on specific issues. The Royal Commission wishes to provide a forum that encourages frank and open discussion of opportunities and challenges amongst people that work with a particular issue on a daily basis. More information on the roundtable consultation process is found in the Roundtables Backgrounder.

  3. Research: The research program sets out a number of research and analysis papers that the Royal Commission will be seeking, primarily from academics. The research program has been developed with the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference in mind and in consultation with representatives from Memorial University. Additional information on the Research program can be found in the Research Program Backgrounder.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada on March 19, 2002, in the Speech from the Throne . On April 19, 2002, the appointment of Commissioners Vic Young, (Chair), Sister Elizabeth Davis and Judge James Igloliorte, were announced. For biographies of the Commissioners click here. The Commissioners formally assumed their duties on June 3, 2002. The Royal Commission will file its final report by June 30, 2003.

  Click here to view the full Terms of Reference for the Commission
  Click here to view Biographies of Members
  Click here to view the Consultation Document (PDF)

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