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  • Brandy Anyone?
    March 13, 2013 - 12:47

    Interesting that NCL and ACOA declined an interview. That tells a lot. Kickbacks?? $688,875 is a lot of money.

  • Joe
    March 12, 2013 - 17:31

    Gerry Byrne should keep his nose out of this one as I believe his uncle is Peter Byrne one of the co-owners of Humber Valley Paving. Clear conflict of interest. The article states that NCL Holdings "received" $ 438,000 but please be specific as I believe it was loan not a gift or grant as the readers are left to believe.

  • T. Sleeveen
    March 11, 2013 - 09:27

    Wow, Gerry Byrne criticizing ACOA, Really? Before he was let go as minister resopnsible for ACOA years ago, he poured money into his riding and ignored the rest of NL and Atlantic Canada. What a hypocrite!!

    • Concerned citizen
      March 12, 2013 - 11:22

      Why have ACOA at all if this is what we get. It’s ridiculous that ACOA is pouring money into this company year after year. Careless decisions.. wasteful spending. Thank-you to Mr. Byrne for doing his official Parliamentary duty as ACOA Critic.

  • Phil MD
    March 09, 2013 - 20:11

    Good on Gerry for keeping them Honest!!

  • Rob
    March 09, 2013 - 15:39

    This is a great article, but it makes my blood boil. These guys can't stay afloat on their own and are using taxpayers money to keep their equipment up and running. What a joke. ACOA should be strung up for this.

  • East coast Mike
    March 09, 2013 - 13:33

    Why are taxpayers funding this company year after year. Very creative how they managed to get funding to subsidize other operations on the back of the agricultural industry. Whoever approved this application should be included with the provincial job cuts.

    • Jeb
      March 10, 2013 - 18:58

      You got it a$$ backwards. They're not subsidized on the backs of the agriculture industry. The price of limestone is subsidized to the farmers.

  • Deer Lake Resident
    March 09, 2013 - 12:41

    I like the one that the contractor is complaining because they don't want to go in the hole to buy a crusher..will they are not free. All ACOA loans have to be repaid. Business is about risk taking. At least this company employees 20 people, in a province where so many people are being laid off and having to go out of province for work.

    • Risk?
      March 11, 2013 - 04:03

      The level of risk is minimal when getting interest free loans for equipment upgrades to compete against other companies in the area. NCL is on a social program.

  • Eyes Wide Open
    March 09, 2013 - 12:05

    I guess the Crosss' got a little upper hand on Gerrys buddies! Pretty brave to be making issues about that in public, especially give his track record in his ACOA days.

  • Happily Retired
    March 09, 2013 - 11:45

    ACOA is only a PR vehicle for politicians to use in order to announce funding, get their faces in front of a mirophone, and to be seen in a positive light. All opposition politicians hate it, but then use it in the same way when they assume power. Sounds like the Senate, doesn't it. If a business is truly deserving of funding, it should get it from a non- government source.

  • too funny
    March 09, 2013 - 09:18

    Gerry Byrne complaining about how ACOA spends money. Now that's funny.

  • david
    March 09, 2013 - 08:57

    This is the inherent, fundamental problem with government subsidies of anything. Anytime. And to selectively choose when and which ones to protest and get outraged driven by nothing more than politics and special interest lobbying (while thumping ones chest and talking about "competition and a fair playing field") , is the other side of the exact same, unprincipled coin.

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    March 09, 2013 - 08:54

    The icing on the cake is that form what I am led to believe the defunct Island Aggregates and the new NCL Holdings are essentially the same company. It was nothing more than a paper shuffle to get rid debt. Now they have received almost $700,000 in government funding ..... Things that make you go hmmmmm!