2011 Policy Blue Book
These past eight years, we as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have joined forces boldly to transform Newfoundland and Labrador. Rejecting pessimism, we have taken responsibility for our destiny and charted our own course. We have secured a stronger foundation for growth by investing billions in infrastructure – roads and highways, wharves and bridges, terminals and ferries, water and waste, schools and hospitals, all of them essential to new growth. Through strategic planning in every sector and region of our province, we have identified new ways to build on that foundation, capitalizing on our strengths and seizing opportunities. Our foundation has never been stronger; our prospects, never brighter. The once-poor cousin of Confederation is now a Have province, leading Canada in growth and confidence.
Something extraordinary is happening in our province.
There’s new energy all around us and it’s changing how we see ourselves and our place in the world. Newfoundland and Labrador is on the rise, energized and ready to reach our full and incredible potential. We’re leading, not following. We’re creating our success, not waiting for it to happen.
Now is the time, not to fall back, but to move boldly forward to realize the full promise of our potential. Now is the time to achieve growth in industries, traditional and new; in regions, large and small; and in families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Now is the time to ensure Newfoundlanders and Labradorians everywhere can take full advantage of the opportunities at our door.
New energy is opening new avenues for growth that will benefit families like yours.
As Premier, I will lead a team that builds on this new energy, driving our plan for more jobs, better health care, stronger partnerships, and resource development that is right for the people of our province. As a government, we will use our revenues from nonrenewable resources to secure a renewable future for the benefit of generations to come.
We will continue to cultivate conditions conducive to growth: responsible fiscal discipline, a solid foundation of reliable infrastructure, competitive taxation, minimal red tape and progressive public services, including a range of instruments and initiatives to help businesses grow and families thrive.
Returns on growth will give us the means to continue reducing our province’s debt and interest costs, lowering taxes, sustaining the quality health care programs we provide, securing the essential services we deliver and supplying the progressive initiatives we advance to help people find a clear path forward.
This is our time – now, more than ever before.
Together, through a partnership of collective effort and individual responsibility, we as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador grows stronger and more prosperous than ever before.
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party
of Newfoundland and Labrador