Elizabeth Matthews / CNLOPB
The big local story of the day is news that Elizabeth Matthews is pulling her name out of the running for vice-chair of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. Matthews served as communications director to former premier Danny Williams. The provincial government nominated her for the position on the CNLOPB. But much controversy followed, with the opposition parties questioning whether Matthews was qualified for the job. This morning she issued a statement to the media, explaining her decision to withdraw her name from the nomination process. Here’s the CBC’s Kathryn King, reading the statement from Elizabeth Matthews.