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• Labour groups say the federal budget met their expectations — but only because they didn’t expect anything.

Gathered at the Pippy Place office of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, representatives of unions and the NDP said the Conservative government is cutting too much, too quickly, at the expense of economic growth.

Lana Payne, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, said if the government had provided more stimulus in the last budget, the economy would be in better shape for this one.


• Premier Kathy Dunderdale is batting back against accusations that her government wasted money on a glossy Muskrat Falls ad campaign and a party in the lobby of Confederation Building when she formally sanctioned the project.

In question period Thursday, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball revealed that the government spent more than  $408,000 on the Muskrat Falls public awareness campaign.


• St. John's South Independent MHA Tom Osborne says in a time of austerity when government is making cuts, the purchase of new furniture doesn't send an appropriate message. Boxes of new furniture are stacked opposite the elevators on a Confederation Building floor housing government members offices.


• Fisheries Minister Derrick Dalley says the ministerial committee that has worked in the past with those affected by plant closures in the province will be ready to lend support to fish plant workers affected by the recent purchase of P. Janes and Sons of Hant’s Harbour by the Barry Group, which will lead to three plant closures.

Dalley said the government needs to wait and see how many workers actually find opportunities with that company before it can become involved in the situation. He said information has already been sent out to the affected communities.

“Beyond that then, we would identify what the specific needs are of the plant workers and our program to provide them with some opportunity for work would certainly be available,” he said.


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Organizations: Public Service Alliance of Canada, NDP, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour Barry Group Breaking News

Geographic location: Muskrat Falls

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