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Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

 

‎Is NL Losing Ground to NS in Ocean Technology?

 

With news that Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia will receive $93 million in federal money to be the headquarters for a new Atlantic provinces ocean technology institute, Opposition Business Critic Steve Kent is wondering if Newfoundland and Labrador is losing ground to Nova Scotia in ocean technology.

 

The Ocean Frontier Institute - a partnership between Dalhousie, Memorial and the University of Prince Edward Island to study global warming and sustainable ocean harvesting - will be headquartered in Nova Scotia.

 

"Our administration worked hard to position Newfoundland and Labrador as a North American leader in ocean technology, harnessing the capabilities and expertise of Memorial University's Marine Institute as well as federal and private sector R&D ventures," said Kent. "Our province was recognized internationally as a pioneer and leader in ocean technology, and that was drawing research and development dollars and experts here to this province, with the promise of investment, business opportunities and jobs."

 

“Nova Scotia was always at our heels, competing for ‎the same action and status - but is it possible they may be leaving our province in their wake? There is no reason why an Atlantic regional ocean technology centre should be headquartered in Halifax rather than Newfoundland and Labrador.”

 

“Is the Ball government advocating hard enough to secure our place in this important growth sector? If our province doesn't advocate for leadership in ocean technology, another province will," added Kent.

 

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Media Contact: Heather MacLean, Director of Communications, Office of the Official Opposition,

 

(709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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