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.”