Derrick Dalley

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Derrick Dalley
B.A. B.Ed.
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for The Isles of Notre Dame
In office
November 1, 2007 – November 30, 2015
Preceded by Gerry Reid
Succeeded by District Abolished
Personal details
Born (1965-07-22) July 22, 1965 (age 52)
Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Anne Marie
Children Zachary, Samantha
Residence Durrell, Newfoundland and Labrador
Occupation Social Worker, Guidance Counselor, principal

Derrick Dalley MHA, (born July 22, 1965) is a Canadian politician in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He currently serves as the Minister of Natural Resources in the provincial cabinet. Dalley has represented the district of The Isles of Notre Dame in the House of Assembly since 2007. Before entering politics he worked as a guidance counselor and principal.

Early life[edit]

Dalley was born in Twillingate, Notre Dame Bay. He spent his early years in Springdale before returning to Twillingate, where he completed high school. Dalley went on to attend Memorial University of Newfoundland where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in political science, and a Bachelor of Education degree in 1987. In 1992, he completed a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling at the University of New Brunswick. Dalley started his career as a social worker in Twillingate, before becoming a guidance counsellor for several schools on the Baie Verte Peninsula. Dalley eventually moved back to his hometown where he continued his career in education. He became principal of Inter Island Academy of New World Island and guidance counsellor and principal of J. M. Olds Academy of Twillingate.[1]

In 1988, Dalley was named the Newfoundland Senior Hockey Leagues rookie of the year. He also plays softball and has coached and taught hockey to youth.[2]


Government backbencher[edit]

Dalley ran as the Progressive Conservative Party candidate in the 2003 provincial election in the district of Twillingate and Fogo, against Liberal cabinet minister Gerry Reid. Dalley received 44 per cent of the popular vote but was defeated by Reid by roughly 600 votes.[2]

The district was renamed The Isles of Notre Dame for the 2007 provincial election and Dalley once again challenged Reid, who now served as the leader of the Liberal Party.[3] On election night Dalley was declared the winner by just seven votes, in the two person race. Due to Dalley winning by less than 10 votes a judicial recount was required. In November Dalley's win was reaffirmed, with a judge declaring that he had actually defeated Reid by 12 votes. Reid had been the MHA for the district since it was created in 1996. Prior to its creation the area was made up of two separate district, and both of those had only elected a Progressive Conservative on one occasion.[4]

Dalley was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Public Accounts Committee on January 9, 2008. On April 9, 2009, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education, replacing Darin King who was sworn in as Minister of Education.[5]

Minister of Business[edit]

On January 13, 2011, Premier Kathy Dunderdale appointed Dalley to cabinet as the Minister of Business.[6] Dalley's first major announcement as minister was a $500,000 loan to help establish a shrimp shell processing facility within his district.[7] Following this announcement, both oppositions parties criticized Dalley's appointment to cabinet. New Democratic Party leader Lorraine Michael said his appointment was in part because of his narrow victory in the 2007 election. Kelvin Parsons, who was the acting Official Opposition Leader, said the announcement showed Dalley was in trouble in his district and that he was appointed to cabinet to help him in the upcoming election.[8] In the October 11, 2011, provincial election Dalley was easily re-elected, winning 68 per cent of the popular vote.[9]

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation[edit]

The Department of Business was merged with the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development following the provincial election and Dalley was appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.[10] He held that portfolio for less than a year before moving to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.[11]

Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture[edit]

In an October 19, 2012, cabinet shuffle Dalley replaced Darin King as the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.[11] At the time of Dalley's appointment the department was dealing with a proposal from Ocean Choice International (OCI) that would allow the company to ship out raw product to Europe and Asia in return for processing jobs at the fish plant in Fortune. At the time OCI had 60 seasonal employees working at the Fortune fish plant and planned to create 110 full-time processing jobs if government approved their proposal.[12] Negotiations had been ongoing for nearly a year and at the time of the shuffle Dunderdale said she was unsure if government would reach a deal with OCI.[11] On December 21, 2012, Dalley held a news conference to announce that a deal had been struck with OCI. The deal would create 236 year-round jobs, between the town’s plant and on company vessels at sea, for a minimum of five years. In return the company would ship up to 75 per cent of its yellowtail flounder quota overseas and 100 per cent of its redfish quota.[13]

Minister of Natural Resources[edit]

In a cabinet shuffle held on October 9, 2013, Dalley was promoted to the Department of Natural Resources.[14] The following day Dalley, along with Premier Dunderdale and executives from Husky Energy, were in [[Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador |Placentia]] to announce a multibillion-dollar development in the offshore oil industry. The announcement was on the White Rose Extension Project, which would see a graving dock facility complete with gates built in Argentia.[15][16]

Electoral record[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Derek Bennett 3,254 53.9
Progressive Conservative Derrick Dalley 2,686 44.5
New Democratic Hillary Bushell 99 1.6

Results as The Isles of Notre Dame[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Derrick Dalley 2,764 67.65%
Liberal Danny Dumaresque 1,070 26.19%
     NDP Tree Walsh 252 6.17%
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Derrick Dalley 2371 50.07% +5.82
Liberal Gerry Reid 2364 49.93% -5.82


Results as Twillingate and Fogo[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Gerry Reid 2941 55.75 -10.07
Progressive Conservative Derrick Dalley 2344 44.25 +15.39



  1. ^ "Derrick Dalley Profile". House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Terry (6 July 2007). "No time for 'Dalley'-ing". The Telegram. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "District Profiles - The Isles of Notre Dame". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Pelley, Jennifer (12 November 2007). "Liberal leader officially loses seat". The Advertiser. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Premier Announces Changes to Cabinet". Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rookie tapped for Dunderdale cabinet". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Shrimp Shell Processing Facility to be Established with Support from Provincial Government". Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "New minister's seat in play: Opposition". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Skinner, Pottle lose but most PC ministers re-elected". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dunderdale unveils leaner cabinet". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c "Dunderdale shuffles the deck". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "OCI plan would see year-round jobs at Fortune". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Bartlett, Dave (22 December 2012). "Province, OCI reach deal on yellowtail". The Telegram. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  14. ^ McLeod, James (10 October 2013). "Dunderdale adds Kent, Crummell in major cabinet shuffle". The Telegram. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Fitzpatrick, Ashley (11 October 2013). "Big first day for Derrick Dalley". The Telegram. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  16. ^ MacDonald, Elizabeth. "Signed, sealed and delivered". The Telegram. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2007. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  18. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2003. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 22, 2009.

External links[edit]

Provincial Government of Paul Davis
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Continued from Marshall Ministry Minister of Natural Resources
September 26, 2014–December 14, 2015
Siobhan Coady
Provincial Government of Tom Marshall
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Continued from Dunderdale Ministry Minister of Natural Resources
January 24, 2014–September 26, 2014
Continued into Davis Ministry
Provincial Government of Kathy Dunderdale
Cabinet posts (4)
Predecessor Office Successor
Tom Marshall Minister of Natural Resources
October 9, 2013–January 24, 2014
Continued into Marshall Ministry
Darin King Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture
October 19, 2012–October 9, 2013
Keith Hutchings
Terry French Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
October 28, 2011–October 19, 2012
Terry French
Ross Wiseman Minister of Business
January 13, 2011–October 28, 2011
Department Abolished