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PC Opposition questions Furey and Coady’s top asks for the Federal Budget
Wakeham says Furey and Coady should outline the asks to the federal government for today’s budget document to illustrate the Liberal government’s priorities for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Monday, April 19, 2021

(April 19, 2021) – Tony Wakeham, PC Opposition Shadow Critic for Finance, is challenging Premier Andrew Furey and Finance Minister Siobhan Coady to disclose the top “asks” made of the Prime Minister in preparation for Monday’s Federal budget.

The province’s Throne Speech on Thursday said: “Newfoundland and Labrador will not be left to solve its problems alone. My Government will continue to build on its solid relationship with the Government of Canada.”

“Now is the time for that ‘solid relationship’ to show results. Newfoundland and Labrador is facing crisis after crisis all at the same time. If ever there was a moment for the Federal government to step in and support our province, it is now,” said Wakeham.

“Newfoundland and Labrador needs help right now and it’s time for the Trudeau government to follow through on their commitment to help Newfoundland and Labrador in its time of need.”

Wakeham says Furey and Coady should outline the asks to the federal government for today’s budget document to illustrate the Liberal government’s priorities for Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Official Opposition would like to know if there was a letter from the Premier setting out the province’s top priorities for the budget. If so, the Premier should table that letter in the House so people can determine for themselves whether the Government of Canada is stepping up for Newfoundland and Labrador in our time of crisis.”

Wakeham said the top asks the PC Party would make of the federal government include:

· A targeted federal-provincial jobs strategy to reduce economic disparity;

· Urgent reform of equalization and transfer payments so we get our fair share;

· A Muskrat Falls equity investment or some similar rate mitigation plan;

· Offshore exploration incentives like those denied us last year;

· Fisheries science investments, including science on seals;

· Infrastructure investments, including a Northern Labrador Highway feasibility study;

· Air access investments to restore and boost our air connections and upgrade airports, coupled with measures to ensure affordable Gulf ferry access;

· National programs for pharmacare, child care and seniors care; and

· COVID-19 assistance for individuals, communities and businesses that are struggling to survive.
 

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