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Action Needed Now on Out-of-Province Workers: Petten
"If there is work being done that skilled Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can do, then immediate action is needed to get them working and to help our economy recover."
Friday, May 8, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (May 8, 2020) – PC Official Opposition critic and MHA for Conception Bay South, Barry Petten, is calling on the Minister of Transportation and Workers to take immediate action to determine why work currently being done on three provincial construction projects could not be done by the so many skilled Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who are looking for work.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health said that exemptions are necessary for out-of-province workers to do critical work on construction projects. There are out-of-province workers working alongside Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on three construction sites in the province: the Core Science Building in St. John’s, the Corner Brook Hospital and the Long Term Care Facility in Grand Falls-Windsor. These out-of-province workers are also not required to self-isolate for 14 days.

“Many of the out of province workers are likely from provinces, like Ontario and Quebec, that were hit the hardest by COVID-19. The Minister needs to determine the type of work that these out-of-province workers are doing and why it is critical to be done now while we are in a global pandemic. If this work can be safely done now, then why couldn’t it be done by skilled Newfoundlanders and Labradorians” said Petten.

When questions were raised in the House of Assembly on Tuesday about out-of-province workers, the Minister of Transportation and Works replied that “…it’s very important that if contractors can find people in this province to do that work, this work should be done by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. If need be, Mr. Speaker, we will take further measures to ensure that”.

“Our economy has been hit hard. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are out of work and not sure where they will find their next job. Every jobs counts now more than ever. If there is work being done that skilled Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can do, then immediate action is needed to get them working and to help our economy recover. I hope the Minister will stand by his words and put Newfoundland and Labrador first,” said Petten.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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