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Time for a Change
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Job-Killing Legacy of the Liberals

Time for a Change

Clarenville, NL (May 14, 2019) – PC Leader Ches Crosbie said the Ball Liberals will be remembered best for their job-killing legacy across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Crosbie was visiting the site of Burry’s Shipyard in Clarenville, which went bankrupt at a cost of 150 rural jobs after the Ball Liberals took away the company’s work and gave it to a friend’s company in St. John’s.

Up the road is a fish plant that recently closed. Meanwhile, from Bay d’Espoir to St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro workers are fearful about rumours the Liberals are ready to privatize part of Hydro if they should win, leaving hundreds of people’s rural jobs in limbo.

This pattern of local job-killing was repeated in the Liberals’ handling of the cannabis industry, where they shut out local firms in favour of a well-connected mainland multinational whose promise of secure supply never materialized, leaving a small-scale Clarenville retailer to close up shop in frustration.

The Liberals seem to have a Medusa touch when it comes to jobs, because every opportunity they lay their hands on seems to dry up and die. Afraid to fight for local job opportunities, they left hundreds of millions in fisheries renewal funding on the table rather than offend Justin Trudeau, who had his heart set on giving the money to another province – just like he had his heart set on taking away surf clams.

It’s been a four-year pattern of job loss that rural Newfoundland and Labrador cannot afford to see repeated for another four. It’s time to break the pattern. It’s time for a change.

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