March 14, 2018
For Immediate Release

Ball Refuses to Demand Ottawa Fight For Corner Brook Pulp and Paper

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said, ”Premier Dwight Ball’s unwillingness to fight for Newfoundland and Labrador was on display again today when he responded to a second American penalty against Corner Brook Pulp and Paper by saying ‘it is what it is.’”

“It’s the same response he gave when he refused to fight Ottawa for our province’s fair share of Equalization: ‘it is what it is,’” said Davis.

“The Trudeau Liberals were noticeably absent from the Premier’s press conference about Corner Brook Pulp and Paper on Wednesday. While Mr. Trudeau is eager to fight American trade restrictions on Canadian aluminum and steel products, Premier Ball has been unable and unwilling to get Mr. Trudeau to fight American trade restrictions on paper products produced by Corner Brook Pulp and Paper.”

“Premier Ball should be rallying American newspapers to fight alongside Newfoundland and Labrador against the penalties that raise the cost of our paper products, because those penalties will hurt both them and us. We have natural allies in our fight, but Premier Ball is content to sit out the fight while our industry struggles. That’s not good enough.”

“Hundreds of jobs, thousands of spinoff jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity are on the line because Premier Ball refuses to stand up and demand that Ottawa make our pulp and paper industry a national priority. When will Premier Ball stop washing his hands of his obligation to stand up for Newfoundland and Labrador?” said Davis.

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Media Contact: Heather MacLean
Director of Operations and Communications,
Office of the Official Opposition
(709) 729 6105,
heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca