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Monday, May 6, 2019

News Release
Monday, May 6, 2019

Liberals Let Rural Job Opportunities Slip Away

St. Anthony, NL (May 6, 2019) – PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said, “Liberals like
Dwight Ball and his so-called Industry minister, Chris Mitchelmore, have let valuable job
opportunities slip away while people in rural municipalities are crying out for work.”

Mitchelmore is the minister who gave a wealthy mainland company and its concealed partners
$40 million to grow weed, only to see them bring in 30 Quebec workers and put them up in
hotels to do the work that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians want and ought to be doing.
Does Mr. Mitchelmore really believe Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are not capable of
working in skilled trades?

Meanwhile, a proposal to establish a major job-creating industrial port near St. Anthony sits on
the drawing board when it could be attracting oil industry investments and northern development
money to a region that is desperately hungry for jobs.

By contrast, a Crosbie PC government will create rural partnerships for jobs, and require
community benefits agreements to be included with the contractors’ bid packages whenever
new public facilities are constructed.

What’s been missing on the Great Northern Peninsula is not opportunities, but a government
willing to do the hard work of delivering them.

People on the Great Northern Peninsula want to work, but the Minister for Jobs – who ought to
know this region best and have the people’s back – is allowing local people to do without work
while real opportunities slip through our fingers.

Mr. Mitchelmore’s performance has been so dismal that his own government had to commission
a million-dollar McKinsey report to do his work for him; and that report identified the very
opportunities – in fishing, tourism and industry – that Mr. Mitchelmore has let slip away from our
rural regions. How shocking that it took an American firm to see the missed opportunities in

Chris Mitchelmore’s own back yard.
All his jet-setting around the world on the public dime is not delivering for the people he’s left
behind. It’s time for a change so rural families can get back to proudly earning a good living
from the resources and opportunities that abound here.

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A Crosbie government believes that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians should be the
beneficiaries of all of our province’s renewable and non-renewable resources. It is the goal of a
Crosbie government to develop and expand a supply chain that supports all natural resource
development so Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are the principal beneficiaries of all of our
province’s resources.

To ensure that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians receive the maximum benefit of public
funds, when new public facilities are constructed a Crosbie government will require
community benefits agreements to be included with the contractors’ bid packages. This
will give consideration to the employment of apprentices, underrepresented groups and a local
labour force; ensure the use of the local supply and service industry and local materials; and
ensure that our communities are the true beneficiaries of the economic activity created by
public funds.

A Crosbie government will recognize that government does not directly create jobs in the
private sector, but can rather focus on helping business do their work of creating jobs. It is the
role of a Crosbie government to help provide the conditions to stimulate private sector
investment and job creation.

A Crosbie government will bring together partners from industry, government and post-
secondary education into multiple Partnerships for Jobs. These partnerships will identify
potential for growth in sectors of the economy where the province has industry leaders,
strength in skill development, technology, research, supply chains, and strong links to markets.
The partnerships will advise government on appropriate policies and how to use the tools of
government to help build new capacity in these sectors. The ultimate goal of each partnership
will be to find ways to increase the size and scope of these industries and increase participation
by local companies in supplying goods and services.

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador manages a range of policies – taxes, education
and training, research, natural resources development, regulations, and infrastructure – that
reinforce each other in ways that can obstruct or encourage economic growth and job creation.
A Crosbie government will marshal all the economic development policy tools available to it into
a focused and coordinated effort to create more and better quality jobs in support of these
partnerships for jobs. This will include ensuring that young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
have access to quality education and training programs that are adapted to the labour market

Partnerships for jobs will be created in the fishery, aquaculture, offshore oil and gas, mineral
development, electricity and utilities, marine services, tourism, the digital economy, the ICT
sector, the knowledge-based economy, forestry, manufacturing, construction and other
industries that have potential for growth.

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest unemployment rate in Canada,
almost three times the national average. Within our province, small businesses provide 75% of
all private sector jobs and medium sized businesses provide 17% of all private sector jobs. This
is why a Partnership for Jobs strategy is the best opportunity to achieve maximum employment
for the future of this province.

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