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PC Party acknowledges candidate withdrawal…

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

PC Party(April 17, 2014) The co-chairs of the Leadership Convention Committee, Tommy Williams and Sheila Kelly-Blackmore, have confirmed that Mr. Bill Barry has withdrawn his candidacy for Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. With this decision, Mr. Frank Coleman is the sole candidate for PC Party Leader. Pursuant to the Party’s Constitution, Mr. Coleman’s leadership must be confirmed by delegates at the Leadership Convention on July 5, 2014….

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Federal quota allocations for shrimp must be fair

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

shrimp(April 2, 5, 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2014) “The Federal Government just issued short-term quotas to get the shrimp fishery started, but there are clear indications that there will be a significant reduction in the total allowable catch for shrimp this year in response to a decline in shrimp stocks. If the Federal Government applies a policy called “Last In, First Out,” almost all of this reduction will be experienced by the province’s inshore fleet. This fleet sector comprises small boat harvesters, and this quota cut would severely jeopardize many enterprises.”

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Premier Honours Jim Flaherty

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

Jim Flaherty(April 10 and 16, 2014) “I was shocked and deeply saddened when I learned that former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty passed away. It was just three weeks ago that I wrote to Mr. Flaherty to commend him for his outstanding service as Canada’s Finance Minister throughout the past eight years. I truly believe it was largely because of his steady hand on the wheel that Canada was able, not only to weather the worst global downturn in memory, but to outperform most other countries and stand tall as the paradigm of prudent fiscal management. He made Canada’s example the benchmark for others to aspire to achieve….”

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Update on Muskrat Falls

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

Muskrat Falls(April 15, 2014) Today Nalcor Energy publicly released the independent engineer’s report on the Muskrat Falls generation station, the Labrador Transmission Assets and the Labrador‐Island Link (Muskrat Falls Project), prepared by MWH Canada Inc. (MWH) for the Government of Canada in November 2013.

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Plans for new Stephenville courthouse

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

Stephenville(April 14, 2014) Premier Tom Marshall today announced that planning will soon begin for the construction of a new provincial courthouse for Stephenville. Budget 2014: Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook includes funding for a Request for Proposals for the initial planning stage of a new facility that would significantly enhance court services on the southwest coast and ensure that local residents have better access to justice.

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Full-day Kindergarten gets all-party support

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

kindergarten(April 9, 2014) A private member’s motion to support the Provincial Government’s decision to introduce full-day Kindergarten received unanimous support today from all members in the legislature.

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Independent review of electricity system

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

electricity(April 7 and 2, 2014) An expert consultant will be hired to review the current electricity system including generation, transmission, and distribution; system governance, legislation and regulation; and emerging trends and technologies in the North American electricity sector. The review will also assess the legislative and governance models in other jurisdictions, including the current model in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Memorial students celebrate historic investments

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

students(April 4, 2014) “The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes the value of post-secondary education for students, their communities and the economy of the province. Budget 2014 commits $14.7 million for two years to eliminate provincial student loans, with a projected investment of approximately $50.6 million over five years, and is the latest in a number of initiatives aimed at reducing student debt. We appreciate students’ recognition of the historic investments in post-secondary education and the fact that Newfoundland and Labrador has the best student aid package and lowest undergraduate tuition in the country,” said Finance minister Charlene Johnson.

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Broadband for Connaigre Peninsula

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

broadband(April 4, 2014) “This project will strengthen infrastructure, support improvements to current services and deliver improved broadband to over 2,000 households on the Connaigre Peninsula. The new broadband capacity will support economic and social opportunities and a more attractive environment for business development. We are pleased to continue to advance broadband access to communities and businesses throughout the province, and have made tremendous progress, with 95 per cent of the provincial population having coverage,” said Minister Terry French.

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Full review of access to information act

Posted By PC Party NL on April 17, 2014

ATIPPA review(April 2, 2014) The majority of members of the legislature defeated a private member’s motion today regarding the immediate repealing of Bill 29. During debate, the Provincial Government highlighted the importance of balanced access to information, and reiterated the commitment to review the entire Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act as amended by Bill 29.

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