Update: Budget 2009 paves the way for Labrador

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Budget 2009 outlines investments to increase economic activity and improve infrastructure in Labrador.
Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy said today the budget provides an investment of more than $135 million in Labrador through the Northern Strategic Plan - government's plan for building a future of opportunity and prosperity in Labrador.
"It is expected that more than $400 million will be spent over the course of the five-year plan," he said. "In this third year of a five-year plan, Phase III of the Trans-Labrador Highway will be completed.
"With an investment of $32.5 million, we will complete the highway from Cartwright to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, an historic accomplishment that matches in significance the completion of the Trans-Canada Highway on the island in the 1960s. For the first time in our history, there will be an unbroken road-and-marine route from Labrador City to St. John's. Not only will we complete the road connection in 2009, but we will also move forward with work to place a hard driving surface on the Highway from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Labrador City-Wabush with an additional investment of $52.3 million. That is a total of $84.8 million, including a federal contribution of $26.5 million for the Trans-Labrador Highway this year, and we will also invest another $4 million on top of that to construct two new depots on the Highway."

Other initiatives in the budget for Labrador include:
• $19 million for a new francophone school in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and two new K-12 schools in Port Hope Simpson and L'Anse au Loup;
• $9.5 million for construction of the new College of the North Atlantic campus in Labrador West;
• $5.5 million in new and ongoing funding through the Municipal Capital Works programs;
• $4.7 million for continued funding for the new health care facility in Labrador West; and,
• $2 million for the construction of a new pre-trial detention centre for women and youth in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Full budget coverage in Friday's Telegram.

Organizations: Trans-Labrador Highway, Trans-Canada Highway, Municipal Capital Works

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

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  • Bones
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Please use pavement of proven quality! Want a real comparison to the 60's, use pavement like they did in the 60's. Now that was pavement!

  • Reality Check
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Yeah, right. So tired of hearing blah,blah,blah, and NOTHING EVER HAPPENS!

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    $19 million for a Francophone school for Goose Bay? Just how big a french population is there? I doubt if it is as big as some populations that are residing in sub-standard schools in places all over the province.

  • Bones
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Please use pavement of proven quality! Want a real comparison to the 60's, use pavement like they did in the 60's. Now that was pavement!

  • Reality Check
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Yeah, right. So tired of hearing blah,blah,blah, and NOTHING EVER HAPPENS!

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    $19 million for a Francophone school for Goose Bay? Just how big a french population is there? I doubt if it is as big as some populations that are residing in sub-standard schools in places all over the province.