Province announces $130 million for Labrador in infrastructure spending

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Provincial cabinet ministers attended a press conference today to announce $130 million in funding to increase economic activity and improve infrastructure in Labrador. Those in attendance were (left to right) Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale,

The provincial government announced today it will spend $130 million to increase economic activity and improve infrastructure in Labrador.
The money is part of the nearly $800-million package for new and on-going infrastructure projects announced in St. John's this morning for the 2009-10 fiscal year, and over $4 billion over the next several years.
"This region is facing some serious challenges as a result of the scheduled layoffs at Wabush Mines and the slowdown in production at IOC mines," Labrador Affairs Minister John Hickey said.
According to a news release, in the Labrador West region construction of the new College of the North Atlantic campus and related projects will begin this year with an investment of $9.5 million. As well, $19 million has been allocated in the 2009-10 fiscal year for the new francophone school in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and the new K-12 schools in Port Hope Simpson and L'Anse au Loup.
Significant spending in Labrador will also take place under the Municipal Capital Works program in which government will spend $3.2 million in major infrastructure initiatives including water and sewer upgrades and road paving and reconstruction.
Other notable investments in Labrador include $58 million in provincial funding, in addition to a federal investment of $26.5 million, for continued work on Phase I and Phase III of the Trans-Labrador Highway, $4.7 million for continued funding for the new health care facility in Labrador West, and $2 million for a new pre-trial detention facility in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for adult women and youth.
In addition, Nalcor Energy, through its subsidiary Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, will allocate $3 million for the construction of an office and warehouse in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and begin a $10 million dollar construction project of two new terminal stations in Labrador City with a $300,000 investment this fiscal year.

Organizations: Municipal Capital Works program, Trans-Labrador Highway, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Geographic location: Labrador West, Happy Valley, Goose Bay St. John's Port Hope Simpson L'Anse au Loup Labrador

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  • Tim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Be nice to have seen a way to save the jobs being lost, and not just a band-aid for the area. But anything is better then nothing I guess.

    I have little faith that anything we do will slow this train wreck we are heading for. Maybe once people start to die on the streets the haves will see the pit falls of greed and waste.

    Seems like we need to fail as a race every so many generations before we see the damage we have done to ourselves.

    Inca and Roman Emprires both fell due to pretty much the same reasons and conditions faced today. What makes us think now we have been able to take anything from the lessons they taught us. We are heading down that same path yet again.

    Humans really are a stupid animal at the end of the day.

    I know I will be planting a full garden this year, going 100% green and with wind generation for power. No need to give my little bit of money away to make someone rich and further destroy the planet. Time to fall back to living off the land.

    Looks like the Amish and Mennonites had it right all along. We do not see them in the troubles the rest of society are in now do we?

  • Graham
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Not once did I hear Danny thank Ottawa for the massive contribution they are makeing to all thes projects. I guess he wants us to believe its all his idea again. All Hail the King.

  • Ken
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    To Mark Eddy in Ontario... Danny is the only politician in the province. Where have you been? There is No House of Assembly, Ministers are gaged and the decisions are all made in the St. John's White House. ( Premier's Office ). I would love for you to tell me the enormous contributions this Premier has made, especially to help those in rural Newfoundland. Please list them? This Premier is the Ernest Henningway of bull
    stuff and its time we realized it.
    Graham has him figured out .

  • Kris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    How are these announcements reallynew news? Didn't the goverment campagin with this as their platform the last time there was an election in Lab West when they desperately tried to get the NDP out? Trying to look like the knight in shining armour again hey Danny. Old news with a new spin. Promises are empty if you don't make good on it. If he things that those workers in Labrador west are going to wait a year or so on ei just to work for a topup program they are sadly mistaken.

  • cynic
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    How much is from Ottawa here? Is Danny's press release a deliberate distortion of the truth? Dear lord, I think me tickers stopping... shock it must be. Either that or his bad hair cut got to me again. No sense calling for help - all the doctors and nurses left for the mainland, but I understand the provincial coffers are full.

  • chuck
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    19 mil for a new francophone school??? We had to fight tooth and nail for an addition to the high school for a theatre. With the state of health care and the condition of existing infrastructure, is this a wise way to spend 19 mil?

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I agree with Graham. To be fair, Danny Williams has done an enormous amount for NL. However, it is at the point where too much is being attributed to him - from what the papers write and from what people say, you would think he is the only politician in the province!

    Newfoundlanders and Labradorians need to stop putting so much faith in this man, and more faith in themselves. Otherwise, what will they be left with when the Great Man Williams leaves office?

  • hank
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Something is amiss. 19 million for french school in goose bay. I could understand inituk to preserve the local and traditional language. Or even to replace the towns eng;ish school with its age old leakey roof. But you dont have to look deep, we want the labradorians to speak french so they can be assimilted into quebec' . not that far fetched. It;s in your face but nobody notices, somebody tell danny what way the Romaine river flows.

  • greg
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    American President Obama should look to our Dear Premier for guidance in dealing with the American economic crisis. Instead of going to Ottawa, he should contact the great Blackberry on the Hill and seek an audience with Premier Williams on Thursday.
    We can provide America with badly needed hydro power and in return, they can provide us with a couple of MASH units for the old and sick but most importantly, water purification systems so 57,000 of us can drink from a tap like the Williams Administration townies.Ciao

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    To Ken - I think Danny Williams has done a great job in securing more royalties from NL's oil (though, the sky-rocketing oil prices and increased production at the oilfields have done a lot to magnify his accomplishment).

    He has thrown down huge amounts of money on the provincial debt (another big win!)

    He has also helped to change the image of the province. As a Newfoundlander who lived in Toronto both before and after he took office, I believe that the image of the province and its people have changed for the better. Ken, I am always amazed at how well-liked Williams is in Ontario. It is funny, because I had the bias that Ontarians would immediately not like this guy. It turns out that the newspapers usually (not always) side with him, and the people I talk to say they like a premier who gives so much to charity and stands up for his people - that's real leadership!

    As for seeing the tangible benefits for Newfoundlanders, well my friend, that is a different story. This is especially true in rural NL. I don't want to hash out the tired, old bayman-townie debate, but to be honest, not much of NL's newfound wealth is leaving St. John's (something that Ontarians have also noticed). In short, people in the St. John's region have done very well. So have public servants, many of whom reside in St. John's.

    Who has been to St. John's recently and is ready to argue that St. John's has developed a great deal in the last few years, or that Williams leadership is not a part of this success?

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    They just put the Multi Materials Recycling Board out of business. This is the biggest job of recycling the province has ever seen.

    Some day, instead of just announcing things, Danny Williams's Government will DO THINGS.

  • Tim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Be nice to have seen a way to save the jobs being lost, and not just a band-aid for the area. But anything is better then nothing I guess.

    I have little faith that anything we do will slow this train wreck we are heading for. Maybe once people start to die on the streets the haves will see the pit falls of greed and waste.

    Seems like we need to fail as a race every so many generations before we see the damage we have done to ourselves.

    Inca and Roman Emprires both fell due to pretty much the same reasons and conditions faced today. What makes us think now we have been able to take anything from the lessons they taught us. We are heading down that same path yet again.

    Humans really are a stupid animal at the end of the day.

    I know I will be planting a full garden this year, going 100% green and with wind generation for power. No need to give my little bit of money away to make someone rich and further destroy the planet. Time to fall back to living off the land.

    Looks like the Amish and Mennonites had it right all along. We do not see them in the troubles the rest of society are in now do we?

  • Graham
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Not once did I hear Danny thank Ottawa for the massive contribution they are makeing to all thes projects. I guess he wants us to believe its all his idea again. All Hail the King.

  • Ken
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    To Mark Eddy in Ontario... Danny is the only politician in the province. Where have you been? There is No House of Assembly, Ministers are gaged and the decisions are all made in the St. John's White House. ( Premier's Office ). I would love for you to tell me the enormous contributions this Premier has made, especially to help those in rural Newfoundland. Please list them? This Premier is the Ernest Henningway of bull
    stuff and its time we realized it.
    Graham has him figured out .

  • Kris
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    How are these announcements reallynew news? Didn't the goverment campagin with this as their platform the last time there was an election in Lab West when they desperately tried to get the NDP out? Trying to look like the knight in shining armour again hey Danny. Old news with a new spin. Promises are empty if you don't make good on it. If he things that those workers in Labrador west are going to wait a year or so on ei just to work for a topup program they are sadly mistaken.

  • cynic
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    How much is from Ottawa here? Is Danny's press release a deliberate distortion of the truth? Dear lord, I think me tickers stopping... shock it must be. Either that or his bad hair cut got to me again. No sense calling for help - all the doctors and nurses left for the mainland, but I understand the provincial coffers are full.

  • chuck
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    19 mil for a new francophone school??? We had to fight tooth and nail for an addition to the high school for a theatre. With the state of health care and the condition of existing infrastructure, is this a wise way to spend 19 mil?

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    I agree with Graham. To be fair, Danny Williams has done an enormous amount for NL. However, it is at the point where too much is being attributed to him - from what the papers write and from what people say, you would think he is the only politician in the province!

    Newfoundlanders and Labradorians need to stop putting so much faith in this man, and more faith in themselves. Otherwise, what will they be left with when the Great Man Williams leaves office?

  • hank
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Something is amiss. 19 million for french school in goose bay. I could understand inituk to preserve the local and traditional language. Or even to replace the towns eng;ish school with its age old leakey roof. But you dont have to look deep, we want the labradorians to speak french so they can be assimilted into quebec' . not that far fetched. It;s in your face but nobody notices, somebody tell danny what way the Romaine river flows.

  • greg
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    American President Obama should look to our Dear Premier for guidance in dealing with the American economic crisis. Instead of going to Ottawa, he should contact the great Blackberry on the Hill and seek an audience with Premier Williams on Thursday.
    We can provide America with badly needed hydro power and in return, they can provide us with a couple of MASH units for the old and sick but most importantly, water purification systems so 57,000 of us can drink from a tap like the Williams Administration townies.Ciao

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    To Ken - I think Danny Williams has done a great job in securing more royalties from NL's oil (though, the sky-rocketing oil prices and increased production at the oilfields have done a lot to magnify his accomplishment).

    He has thrown down huge amounts of money on the provincial debt (another big win!)

    He has also helped to change the image of the province. As a Newfoundlander who lived in Toronto both before and after he took office, I believe that the image of the province and its people have changed for the better. Ken, I am always amazed at how well-liked Williams is in Ontario. It is funny, because I had the bias that Ontarians would immediately not like this guy. It turns out that the newspapers usually (not always) side with him, and the people I talk to say they like a premier who gives so much to charity and stands up for his people - that's real leadership!

    As for seeing the tangible benefits for Newfoundlanders, well my friend, that is a different story. This is especially true in rural NL. I don't want to hash out the tired, old bayman-townie debate, but to be honest, not much of NL's newfound wealth is leaving St. John's (something that Ontarians have also noticed). In short, people in the St. John's region have done very well. So have public servants, many of whom reside in St. John's.

    Who has been to St. John's recently and is ready to argue that St. John's has developed a great deal in the last few years, or that Williams leadership is not a part of this success?

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    They just put the Multi Materials Recycling Board out of business. This is the biggest job of recycling the province has ever seen.

    Some day, instead of just announcing things, Danny Williams's Government will DO THINGS.