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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

Will NL Continue to Get its Fair Share from Atlantic Lottery Corporation?

 

Keith Hutchings, Opposition Finance critic, would like the provincial government to give an account of whether Newfoundland and Labrador will continue to get its fair share of Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) jobs and profits as the regional lottery corporation adjusts its operations.

 

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is a shareholder in ALC, along with the provincial lottery bodies in the three maritime provinces.

 

It was recently reported that ALC will cut four jobs in this province (from 35 to 31) to save $2 million over five years.

 

Hutchings said our province's Minister of Finance has representatives sitting on the ALC board of directors and should be aware of ALC Board decisions and have a say in corporate management decisions, but the Minister has apparently been silent about these changes and their impact on this province and on the people who are losing their jobs.

 

"Did our government approve the cuts? Does it find them acceptable? Have these job responsibilities been moved to another province?" Hutchings asked. "How will this province stack up, job-wise and salary-wise, under ALC's latest changes?"

 

"No province in Atlantic Canada has higher gross lottery ticket sales than Newfoundland and Labrador, and our provincial government ought to be vigilant in making sure we aren't losing out on the Atlantic region's benefits and jobs," he said.

 

According to ALC's 2014-15 annual report, gross ticket sales in the four provinces were as follows:

 

$248,124,000 in NL

 

$208,528,000 in NS

 

$164,318,000 in NB

 

$33,195,000 in PEI

 

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Media Contact: Heather MacLean, Director of Communications

 

Office of the Official Opposition, (709) 729 6105 heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

Link: ALC Annual Report 2014-15: http://corp.alc.ca/uploadedFiles/wwwalcca/About_ALC/Annual_Report/AnnRpt...

 

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