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• Mount Pearl Mayor Randy Simms told a business luncheon audience Tuesday there are “warning winds” in the air about the realities facing businesses and municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Even in the shadow of government’s recently announced hiring freeze and expected cuts in the upcoming provincial budget, Simms said the need for a new fiscal arrangement with municipalities has never been greater.
“I want to tell you something. The guys who argue about jets in Ottawa, they don’t mean a thing. Guys that argue about Hebron and Muskrat Falls, it doesn’t mean a thing. If your road don’t get plowed or somebody don’t pick up your garbage, the guys that do that, that’s the most important piece of government in your life day to day. And that government gets the least.”
• The collective agreements governing labour relations during construction of the multibillion-dollar Lower Churchill hydro power development are still being worked out.
Construction of the whole of the Lower Churchill project — including the hydro plant at Muskrat Falls and associated transmission infrastructure — will require an unprecedented level of organization of skilled trades labour.
Recent changes to the special project order legislation at the provincial level will allow construction work to proceed at multiple, separate worksites under no-strike agreements at the same time.
• Liberal leadership candidate Marc Garneau said the race really comes down to just two candidates.
In a lengthy interview with The Telegram Tuesday morning, Garneau said Liberals need to decide who is best suited to take on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, and really, party members have two choices.
“It comes down to me versus Justin Trudeau,” he said.
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