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PC Opposition Says All Upcoming Infrastructure and Natural Resource Projects Must Focus on Hiring NL Workers First
The PC Opposition says there has never been a more important time in history than now to put Newfoundland and Labrador first.
Monday, April 27, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 
St. John’s, NL (April 27, 2020) – The PC Opposition says there has never been a more important time in history than now to put Newfoundland and Labrador first. Now is the time to ensure all upcoming public infrastructure and natural resource projects prioritize the hiring of qualified Newfoundland and Labrador workers to help economic recovery.

Lloyd Parrot, PC Opposition critic for industry, says “Now is the time to put Newfoundland and Labrador first. Our economy has been crushed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic fall in oil prices. It is time this government immediately adopt a ‘NL First’ policy. If we have the skilled Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to do the work, they must be hired first in all public infrastructure and natural resource projects undertaken by this government.”

With the economic devastation that we are facing, the provincial government needs to ensure that upcoming investments in infrastructure projects focus on maximum economic benefit to our province. This means an immediate focus on job creation for qualified Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and that local supply, service, and materials, are used where possible.

PC Opposition critic for labour Paul Dinn says “With so many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians out of work, now is the time to make sure that our residents are given first priority for local jobs. The provincial government must take every action possible to create jobs and develop our workforce with the employment of apprentices, under-represented groups, and qualified local workers. COVID-19 has been hard on our province as it has been across the world. Now is the time that we put NL workers first.”
 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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