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Why Did Local Business Not Get Cannabis Retail Licence
Monday, May 13, 2019

No Transparency, No Answers, Time for a Change

Why Did Local Business Not Get Cannabis Retail Licence When The NLC Ranked It Higher?

 

St. John’s, NL (May 13, 2019) – PC Leader Ches Crosbie is asking the Ball Liberals why a local company (Better Leaf) was denied a retail cannabis licence when the NLC’s scoring matrix ranked Better Leaf higher than a large National organization (Loblaws) whose proposal was approved. This is according to information Crosbie obtained through an Access to Information request.

Crosbie said it’s just one more in a long series of unanswered questions swirling around the Ball Liberals’ dealings on cannabis – a pattern that speaks to the need for a change.

 Why did the Ball Liberals bundle up the cannabis growth opportunities and hand them to a giant mainland-based multinational when subdividing the opportunities could have meant sustainable business for competitive homegrown firms?

 What are the facts of the Crown land deal the government was trying to arrange?

 Who owns the numbered company that is leasing to the publicly subsidized company, and why is there a lease when there was a promise to build?

 Why has the cannabis supply been insufficient when the government’s rationale for providing over $90 million in tax breaks was to secure supply?

 Is the supply shortage spread evenly across all local retailers, one of which closed up shop?

 Why has the supplier apparently brought in temporary workers from outside the province?

People just don’t trust the way the Ball administration has been doing business. Most of the facts are hidden, and people can never get a straight answer from the Ball Liberals, even about the most basic facts. With so much money, opportunity and jobs on the line, people expect transparency and accountability. Folks are saying it’s time for a change.

By stark contrast, a Crosbie government will make sure transparency is the rule and local jobs are the priority – even going so far as to require community benefits agreements to be included in the bid packages of contractors seeking to construct new public facilities. This will maximize the local benefit of public funds by giving consideration to the employment of local 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 180-degree turn from Liberal giveaways.

At every opportunity during the past four years, the Ball Liberals have hurt local firms instead of driving growth, and blown smoke over their tracks to hide what they’ve done. Newfoundland and Labrador can’t afford another four years of Ball Liberal sellouts and cover-ups. It’s time for a change.

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