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P.E.I. premier appoints ethics commissioner

Prince Edward Island has its first ethics and integrity commissioner.

Shauna Sullivan-Curley will serve in new position

Wade MacLauchlan denies connection between ousted CEO and ethics commissioner appointment. 1:11

Prince Edward Island has its first ethics and integrity commissioner. 

Premier Wade MacLauchlan appointed Shauna Sullivan-Curley, QC to the position on Tuesday. 

Sullivan-Curley's responsibilities will include dealing with expense and conflict of interest disclosure within the public service. She will work to strengthen the code of conduct and oath of office. 

When CBC News asked MacLauchlan about any possible connection between the departure of Brook MacMillan as CEO of the P.E..I Liquor Control Commission and the appointment of an ethics commissioner, he said, "I think what I would stand for on any day of the week is that we learn, and we move forward, and that's what you can see today."

New provisions will be implemented to maintain and strengthen public confidence in the government's work. 

MacLauchlan said, "It is in the public interest to maintain and strengthen public confidence that the work of the government is being conducted with integrity and to the highest ethical standards." 

Sullivan-Curley has worked for the provincial government since 1989 and has served as deputy minister with a number of departments. 

MacLauchlan also announced changes that will be made to a number of government departments when the cabinet is formed following the provincial election. 

No date has been set for the election. 

"The objective of these changes is to better serve Prince Edward Islanders," said MacLauchlan. 

The proposed changes: 

  • a department responsible for communities, land and environment;
  • a department responsible for workforce and advanced learning;
  • the department of innovation and advanced learning will become responsible for economic development;
  • the department of environment, labour and justice will become responsible for justice and public safety;
  • the ministerial responsibility for energy will move from finance to transportation and infrastructure renewal.

The changes will not not increase the number of government departments. 

MacLauchlan has asked all the deputy ministers to determine what needs to be done to carry out the changes. 

The premier has also indicated which deputy ministers will be assigned to the new departments. They are: 

  • Steve MacLean, who is currently clerk of executive council, will serve as deputy minister of communities, land and environment;
  • Brian Douglas, who is currently deputy minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal, will serve as clerk of executive council;
  • Alexander "Sandy" MacDonald, who is currently deputy minister of education and early childhood development, will serve as deputy minister of workforce and advanced learning;
  • John MacQuarrie, who is currently deputy minister of agriculture and forestry, will serve as deputy minister of transportation, infrastructure renewal and energy.
  • Michelle Dorsey, who is currently deputy minister of environment, labour and justice, will serve as deputy minister of justice and public safety.
  • Neil Stewart, who is currently deputy minister of innovation and advanced learning, will serve as deputy minister of economic development.

MacLauchlan said the assignments reflect the talents of those named and they will have time during the election writ period to prepare for the transition.

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