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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

 

Liberals Losing Edge in Ocean Technology

 

Steve Kent, ‎Innovation Critic for the Official Opposition, says, "The Ball Liberals are losing Newfoundland and Labrador's edge in ocean technology, along with the growth, diversification and job opportunities that go with it."

 

In the House of Assembly this afternoon, Kent questioned the provincial Business Minister on the recent decision to locate the headquarters of the new Atlantic Provinces Ocean Technology Institute in Nova Scotia, not Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

"Our ocean technology strategy was working. We made huge progress and were recognized internationally as a leader in ocean technology, but under the Ball government, our province is losing that edge to Nova Scotia," said Kent.

 

"Does the Liberal government agree with the decision to headquarter the new Atlantic Province's Ocean Technology Institute in Nova Scotia rather than in Newfoundland and Labrador where it belongs?

 

"Our ocean technology strategy was creating jobs, opportunities, a reputation for leadership, and wealth. Why did the Ball Liberals let the new Institute headquarters go to Nova Scotia instead of Newfoundland and Labrador where it ought to be?

 

"What, if any, direct actions did the Ball government take to help Newfoundland and Labrador secure the federal funding needed to headquarter the new regional ocean technology centre in Newfoundland and Labrador?

 

"Ocean technology is one of the most important new economic growth opportunities in our province, with the potential to open trade partnerships with companies and countries around the world. We were at the forefront - the recognized leader. Local technology business, research institutes such as C-CORE, research scientists, advanced post-secondary students, computer programmers, marine engineers, mariners, fishers and many others that were benefiting directly from ‎our leadership in ocean technology stand to suffer if we continue to lose our edge. Prospective trade partners will look to Nova Scotia, and we will lose out on the investment and jobs that ought to be flowing here. The Ball government doesn't seem to care, but people care.

 

"How many jobs that could have been created in this province will instead be created in Nova Scotia as a result of the decision to locate the headquarters there instead of here?

 

"How can the Ball government stand by and watch jobs slip away? What, if any, specific actions is this government taking to halt the more than 30,000 net job losses they are projecting to occur in all sectors throughout our province in the next four years? Statistics Canada just reported that the province has already lost over 6,000 jobs in the past year alone. Where is the Ball government's plan to halt job loss and drive job growth? Losing our edge on ocean technology is destroying opportunities and jobs, not driving growth," said 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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