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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Crosbie Says Partnerships Grow Jobs

Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, NL (May 11, 2019) – PC Leader Ches Crosbie toured Bickerstaffe
Nurseries and Gardens in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's on Saturday with owner Ian McDonald and
Conception Bay East-Bell Island PC candidate David Brazil, seeing first-hand what industries
like agriculture are capable of producing in Newfoundland and Labrador when people put their
minds to it.

The lofty talk about strategies and superclusters means absolutely nothing without dedicated
partners who roll up their sleeves to do the hard work of making success happen.

This will be our approach to growing Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy in rural and urban
areas alike, partnering with willing people in all of our industries – from agrifoods to ocean
technology to fisheries to robotics to tourism – growing jobs by investing in hardworking people.
In agriculture, we will hit higher food security targets by doing such things as supporting a farm
loan guarantee program to provide farming enterprises with access to capital they need to grow
and advance diversification and value-added production.

I will bring together partners from industry, government and post-secondary education into
multiple Partnerships for Jobs that 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. We will use the levers we control –
taxes, incentives, regulations and infrastructure – to support growth, and invest in training so our
people can turn these opportunities into lasting careers.

We will focus on every area where there are willing partners: 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 agriculture – and more.

There is no magic solution to growing an economy any more than there is a magic solution to
producing a harvest. You set to work seed by seed, row by row – and if you stick to it, you will
see growth. For Newfoundland and Labrador, the growth we’re targeting is jobs, population,
thriving communities and a sustainable future. We can have all of it through partnerships.

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