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Crosbie and Wakeham Concerned About Local Jobs
Crosbie and PC Finance Critic Tony Wakeham met with tradespeople earlier this week who expressed serious concern about people being hired outside of the province for work on the Corner Brook hospital.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

Corner Brook, NL (October 3, 2019) – PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie says that meetings with tradespeople on the west coast has raised concerns about local hiring for government infrastructure projects. Crosbie and PC Finance Critic Tony Wakeham met with tradespeople earlier this week who expressed serious concern about people being hired outside of the province for work on the Corner Brook hospital.

Crosbie said “tradespeople on the west coast have told us that their calls aren’t getting returned and that they are frustrated with this entire process. We need to guarantee that local tradespeople are the priority for hiring on major government infrastructure projects. As we outlined in our campaign platform during the election, we believe that the province must require community benefits agreements to be included with contractors’ bid packages.”

PC Finance Critic Tony Wakeham echoed Crosbie’s sentiments and not wishing to repeat the hiring practices for the Corner Brook long term care facility. “Local workers have every right to be concerned. The last thing we want is for the paycheques of major infrastructure projects being cashed outside of this province. Instituting community benefits agreements will ensure local workers benefit from provincial infrastructure spending.”

“Newfoundland and Labrador workers should have first dibs on Newfoundland and Labrador jobs. The PC caucus have met with Trades NL to discuss their NL First campaign because we are fighting for the same thing – jobs for Newfoundland and Labrador residents” said Crosbie.

Crosbie, Wakeham, and the entire PC Caucus will continue to press the Liberal government for community benefits agreements to ensure workers of Newfoundland and Labrador benefit from provincial infrastructure spending.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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