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News posted in March, 2016. Clear Filter
Federal Budget Funds for CETA Fisheries Fund?

Keith Hutchings, Intergovernmental Affairs Critic for the Official Opposition, is asking how much funding the Trudeau government has allocated in the 2016 budget for the federal share of the fisheries fund that Newfoundland and Labrador was promised as a condition of supporting the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

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Manolis L Technical Assessment Must be Followed by Funding for a Permanent Solution

Barry Petten, Environment Critic for the Official Opposition, said while he welcomes the federal commitment of $6 million in this year’s budget to finance a “technical assessment” of the Manolis L, that assessment must be followed by funding for a permanent solution to protect the local environment.

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LIFO review long overdue

“This review is long overdue but is an essential first step in assessing the future sustainability ‎of the Northern shrimp industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. There has still been no commitment by the Federal Government to commit to fishery science at a level which would allow informed fishery policy taking into account all species in the ecosystem. This review needs to be completed quickly by individuals truly representative of the industry and our communities.” - Kevin Parsons, Member All-Party Committee and MHA for Cape St. Francis‎

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100-day Lack of Action

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, commented that the Ball Government’s 100-day report is incredibly thin – just 11 items. Five of those were attending meetings or events. The report notes ‘participating, introducing, chairing, releasing, launching, maintaining and supporting,’ and highlights the lack of leadership and action of the Liberal administration in the first 100 days in office.

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Federal budget silent: soft approach not working

Keith Hutchings, Finance Critic for the Official Opposition, said, “Premier Ball’s unwillingness to lobby the federal government for special recognition or a fair share of relief through the Stabilization Fund or other avenues is disappointing but not unexpected. Premier Ball’s lack of action will force greater levels of cuts to programs and services in our province.”

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100 Days of Uncertainty

“There has been a lack of leadership in advocating for the people of the province, little action to address needs here at home, and no evidence of a long-term plan, which has led to uncertainty. On the frontlines of service delivery and in the streets, people are concerned,” said Davis.

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