Kelvin Parsons, Opposition Natural Resources Critic and MHA for the District
of Burgeo-Lapoile, says Mr. Max Ruelokke should be appointed as Chair and
CEO of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB)
Last year, a dispute arose between the federal and
provincial governments concerning who would be the new head of the C-NLOPB.
As a result, a panel was formed, a selection process was undertaken, and Max
Ruelokke was chosen for the position of Chair and CEO.
"I am very disappointed and surprised that the provincial government will
not allow the appointment of Mr. Ruelokke to take place," said Mr. Parsons.
"The proper process was followed and the selection panel established by both
governments recommended that Mr. Ruelokke be appointed to this position. It
is unfortunate that the Premier and Minister of Natural Resources are
delaying this appointment because their candidate wasn’t the person chosen
for this position.
"In the House of Assembly this afternoon, Premier Williams refused to
answer my question as to why the provincial government is unwilling to
support this appointment. Mr. Ruelokke’s qualifications are second to none
and he has proven himself to be a quality candidate. At this point in time,
with the failed discussions on the Hebron/Ben Nevis project, uncertainty
with future developments in the oil and gas sector, and the need for
regulatory certainty, the appointment of Mr. Ruelokke is of timely
"The time has come for the Premier to stop interfering and allow the C-NLOPB
to be run effectively. The people of the province have been waiting long
enough for this appointment and now is the time for Mr. Ruelokke to assume