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Hon. Brian Tobin, Former Newfoundland Premier and Liberal Cabinet Minister, Joins Fraser Institute

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Release Date: December 8, 2006
Hon. Brian Tobin, former federal Minister of Industry and former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, has joined The Fraser Institute as a Senior Fellow.

"As a nation, Canada is well positioned to be a leader across many sectors of the global economy, in particular the energy sector," said Tobin, who today remains active in the Canadian business community. "That is why we need to create an environment that encourages investment and rewards entrepreneurial spirit, something long advocated by The Fraser Institute."

Earlier this year The Fraser Institute opened its Calgary-based Centre for Energy Policy Studies to conduct research on national energy issues. Tobin will work closely with Centre staff on developing a continental energy strategy for North America.

"During my time as Premier of Newfoundland, I saw how the proper development of energy resources can bring tremendous economic benefits to our communities," Tobin said. "Canada has the resources and expertise to become a world energy power and I relish the opportunity to help make that goal a reality through The Fraser Institute's Centre for Energy Policy Studies."

Tobin was first elected to the House of Commons in 1980 and was appointed Fisheries Minister following Jean Chrétien's election as prime minister in 1993. He gained a reputation as a passionate defender of Canada on the international stage during a high-profile dispute with Spain and the European Union regarding over-fishing off the coast of Newfoundland.

In 1996, Tobin resigned from federal politics to take over the leadership of the Liberal party in Newfoundland and quickly won election as premier. After several years in office during which Newfoundland rode an economic boom, Tobin stepped down as premier to again run for a seat in Ottawa during the 2000 federal election. Following the election, he was appointed Industry Minister. He retired from political life in 2002.

Today Tobin is senior business advisor at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP and serves on a number of public company boards. He is chairman of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. and New Flyer Industries Inc.

"We are delighted to welcome Brian to The Fraser Institute. He joins Senior Fellow Wilf Gobert, former top-ranked Peters and Co. oil sector analyst, and our other staff in building a global energy policy capacity that will be second to none. The centre is part of The Fraser Institute's 50 full-time staff and 20 Senior Fellows and others located across three Canadian offices," said Mark Mullins, Fraser Institute Executive Director.


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