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Come By Chance shutdown needs solution after 18 months of idle: Parrott
Lloyd Parrott, PC Opposition Shadow Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology and MHA for Terra Nova, is calling on government to tell us what the plan is for fuel supplies and the people who worked at the Come By Chance refinery going forward.
Thursday, July 15, 2021

(July 15, 2021) – Lloyd Parrott, PC Opposition Shadow Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology and MHA for Terra Nova, is calling on government to tell us what the plan is for fuel supplies and the people who worked at the Come By Chance refinery going forward.

“It’s been 18 months since the refinery was shuttered, putting hundreds in the surrounding area out of work. Last month, we heard of workers ratifying a new deal, but no news since,” said Parrott.

“Not only are the workers affected, but the extra five cent per litre surcharge on gasoline remains in place, taking more money out of the pockets of everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador. This situation has dragged on for too long – it’s time to get our people back to work.”

Parrott is calling on Minister Parsons for an update on negotiations to purchase the refinery and end this situation once and for all.

“The Minister has repeatedly tried to wash his hands of this situation. This refinery is too important to let sit idle. Employment insurance benefits for the people on the ground will soon run out. If a deal isn’t reached, what will be done to support the families who rely on this refinery?” said Parrott.

“It’s time for the Minister to be active, not passive in these negotiations. Let’s do the right thing and ensure a satisfactory deal is reached before time runs out for the families at the centre of this situation.”

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