Seamus O'Regan

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St. John's South-Mount Pearl

Seamus O'Regan

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St. John's South-Mount Pearl

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Letter to the Editor: NL MPs working hard for Province

Ranting and roaring in Ottawa doesn’t create the jobs we need at home. Hard work, teamwork and persistent persuasion does.

March 24, 2018

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Today Minister O’Regan provided his support for a Letter to the Editor in the St. John’s Telegram by Ken McDonald, MP for Avalon, regarding Newfoundland and Labrador’s representation in Ottawa.

Minister O’Regan said:

Ranting and roaring in Ottawa doesn’t create the jobs we need at home. Hard work, teamwork and persistent persuasion does.

So, let’s take a look at what your 7 Newfoundland & Labrador Members of Parliament have done.

Since 2015, our government has delivered:

• A $2.9 billion loan guarantee on Muskrat Falls, saving the province over $1 billion in interest payments.

• More than $315 million so far for provincial infrastructure.

• The Ocean Supercluster: $150 million from the federal government to be matched by the private sector. That’s a $300 million investment in ocean industries, with half the companies involved coming from this province.

• A combined $291.3 million to Memorial University, including $100 million for the new Core Science Building on Prince Philip Drive.

• A new, streamlined environmental assessment process that respects the Atlantic Accord, and allows for faster development of new offshore oil and gas projects. And this process comes with a new dedicated office in St. John’s.

• The Canada Child Benefit, which in 2016-2017 alone paid $284 million to 50,620 families across our province.

On top of that, under Budget 2018, our government will deliver:

• $250 million over two years for Small Craft Harbours.

• $80 million in 2018-2019 and $150 million in 2019-2020 to the provinces for training and support to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI benefits.

• The new Canada Workers Benefit, which will give $37.9 million to 5,000 additional low income workers in our province.

• $48 million in new funding for ACOA.

And in 2018-19 alone, Newfoundland and Labrador will receive $750 million through the Canada Health, and Canada Social transfers.

Is there more work to be done? Of course.

So let’s get on with it.”

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