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Interim Greene report now eight weeks overdue without explanation: Wakeham
Wakeham says the people of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve transparency on the Greene report as the Liberal government continues to change its story on a whim.
Thursday, April 22, 2021

(April 22, 2021) – Tony Wakeham, PC Opposition Shadow Minister of Finance, says the people of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve transparency on the Greene report as the Liberal government continues to change its story on a whim.

The original Terms of Reference of the Greene Report called for an interim report on February 28 and a final report on April 30. Greene told the media eight weeks ago that she needed another five to six weeks to complete her interim report.

Finance Minister Siobhan Coady said on Tuesday that government still hasn’t received a copy of the report and on Wednesday said it’s uncertain if the final report will be delivered by the April 30 deadline.

“The Greene report was originally touted as the economic blue print for Newfoundland and Labrador to be implemented without consultation, according to the Finance Minister’s own mandate letter. Now, the report is nowhere to be seen,” said Wakeham.

“Greene is apparently now in violation of the Terms of Reference set to her by Premier Andrew Furey at the beginning of the process. It’s incumbent on government to explain this delay and show the people of the province the updated Terms of Reference for the report. Is Moya Greene running the show or the Premier?”

Wakeham says Coady has also promised public consultations for the Greene report, yet with the budget expected in the next six weeks, no public consultations have been announced.

“When will the public get to have direct input on the contents of the Greene report and how it affects the future of Newfoundland and Labrador?” said Wakeham.

“I call on Minister Coady to not only host a robust debate in the legislature, but allow public consultations where members of the general public can view the report and ask their own questions about what the report will mean for the future of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
 

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