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Lawyer Dennis Browne back as province’s consumer advocate  


Lawyer Dennis Browne has been appointed as the province’s consumer advocate for a second time. 

Dennis Browne

Browne, who has practised law since 1984 and works with the law firm of Browne Fitzgerald Morgan and Avis in St. John’s, previously served in the role from 1996 to 2004.

The appointment followed the merits-based process established by the Independent Appointments Commission Act and recommendations of the Independent Appointments Commission.

The role of the consumer advocate is to represent the interests of domestic and general service customers in relation to specific hearings and applications before the Public Utilities Board (PUB).

Browne replaces Thomas Johnson whose appointment in the position has ended.

In a press release today, Justice and Public Safety Minister and Attorney General Andrew Parsons said Browne brings considerable experience to the role.

“I am confident he will ensure full consumer representation during the important matters currently before the Public Utilities Board, including capital budget and general rate applications for Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro,” Parsons said.

Parsons also thanked Johnson for his years of service as consumer advocate.

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