February 4, 2021
Platform Announcement: Rising to the Challenge
In the face of a pandemic and global economic crisis, Newfoundland and Labrador is rising to the challenge. Grandparents can see their grandchildren, students are in the classroom, and the local economy is open due to the consistently low prevalence of COVID-19. Thanks to effective public health measures, the hard work of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and strong leadership, our province is the envy of many around the world.
“In the five months since I was honoured to become Premier, our team has ensured a safe return to school, implemented $25 a day child care, secured $320 million from Ottawa to support hundreds of jobs in the oil and gas industry – and negotiated $844 million in immediate relief on Muskrat Falls from the federal government,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
“I can assure the people of Newfoundland and Labrador that under my leadership, our team will continue to work tirelessly to address the challenges of this historic time,” Premier Furey added.
The Liberal Party is pleased to share Rising to the Challenge, our vision for growth in Newfoundland and Labrador as we progress through the pandemic on to economic recovery. Featuring a collection of smart, sustainable ideas to ensure we weather the storm and emerge safe, strong, and secure. Building on the daily announcements during the campaign, these initiatives demonstrate our belief in listening to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and investing wisely in programs and services that will help tackle the issues – from a demographic crisis, to supporting a healthy population, and creating meaningful employment.
Rising to the Challenge focuses on five key priority areas: Promoting a Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador, Driving Meaningful Opportunities, Fostering Inclusive Growth, Modernizing Education and Childcare, and Building Strong Partnerships.
Given the province’s current debt burden, our plan focuses on economic and social growth that will make real improvements in people’s lives without further jeopardizing our financial footing. All commitments will be introduced during our four year term in government. Also, understanding that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to profoundly impact our lives, Rising to the Challenge includes a new $50 million COVID stimulus fund to be used to further help industry and workers during these unprecedented times.
The Furey government recognizes big, bold ideas and an all hands on deck approach are needed to address these economic pressures.
“I can’t sugarcoat it, Newfoundland and Labrador’s $16.4 billion in net debt coupled with the obligations from Muskrat Falls present challenges. But we are full of opportunities, and I will continue to develop them to build a bright, stable future for all of us,” said Premier Furey.
February 2, 2021
Strategically Growing Aquaculture
Aquaculture is a promising industry with growing demand from markets around the world. With our fishing industry expertise, Newfoundland and Labrador is well positioned to establish itself internationally and capitalize on the growing global aquaculture market.
“Our government will strategically invest in the province’s aquaculture industry so that it will have the competitive advantages it needs to succeed internationally,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
By growing an inclusive aquaculture industry, our government will create and capture as much value as possible, and return this value to communities and hardworking families across the province.
A Furey government will:
- Support the development of a multi-species aquaculture strategy, allowing Newfoundland and Labrador to grow a robust industry, provide strong jobs and consistently meet evolving market demands;
- Make sure that the growth of the aquaculture industry is inclusive and creates economic and business opportunities for all genders and Indigenous entrepreneurs;
- Position the aquaculture industry as a platform for entrepreneurial and technology sector growth, supporting the Furey government’s broader approach to economic development.
“There is value in secondary processing as well, and our government is committed to capturing those opportunities in processing and manufacturing right here at home,” said Premier Furey.
The Furey government will support investment to grow the value and volume of our exports by exploring these processing opportunities. This will help grow our local businesses, strengthen existing jobs, and create new opportunities in the processing industry. Our Government will work with industry to identify opportunities for secondary or further processing of our existing exports, as well as supporting the research and development of new processing activity for materials we currently consider to be waste or low-value byproducts.
We will support efforts like those of Labrador Gem Seafoods, which has diversified its product mix and now does value-added processing of world-class seafood products in Ramea, or Quin-Sea Fisheries, which has invested in a live lobster holding facility in New Harbour, and now flies live lobster from this province around the world.
“These examples of expanded processing activities have created good jobs and secured millions of dollars in investment in rural Newfoundland and Labrador,” Premier Furey said.
February 1, 2021
Building an Inclusive Future
The Furey government recognizes the significant demographic challenges Newfoundland and Labrador faces, which we must act swiftly to address.
“Our government will grow Newfoundland and Labrador’s population, by tripling our immigration target to address our aging and shrinking population,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
In order to reach that goal, by 2026 the Furey government will align our provincial immigration goal of 1,700 newcomers a year with Canada’s national immigration target of 5,100 per year – welcoming newcomers at a rate of approximately one per cent of the current population. Our Government will implement a suite of immigration policies to strengthen the province for the future.
For example, the Furey government recently launched the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador Program. This latest pathway for newcomers is designed in response to requests from employers for more help to meet their growing demand for highly educated, highly skilled workers. It supports employers looking for workers with specialized experience in areas such as technology and ocean sciences, where demand has outpaced local training and recruitment.
“Our government will collaborate with the federal government to add more immigration categories, aimed at addressing specific job shortages in the province to cultivate growth industries – creating more job opportunities and increasing our population,” said Premier Furey.
Increasing immigration has to include improving retention rates, so newcomers to Newfoundland and Labrador will stay. The Furey government will roll out a series of new initiatives to ensure newcomers thrive in Newfoundland and Labrador, and see the province as their home.
Building on our international reputation for hospitality and openness, a government under the leadership of Premier Andrew Furey will expand opportunities for newcomers, fostering a sense of belonging in their communities. Some of the ways this will be accomplished are by targeting access to culturally-specific social and recreational activities, and food; opportunities for their spouses and families to work; and celebrating diversity. Supporting opportunities to learn about and engage with our local culture and heritage will help these efforts as well.
“Our government will focus on giving newcomers access to opportunities in arts and culture, sports and recreation for new residents of all ages – helping to foster a sense of cultural exchange, understanding and belonging,” Premier Furey said.
January 30, 2021
Strengthening Our Community Sector
The community sector plays a vital role, delivering significant and lasting social and economic value to communities across the province. It employs more than 16,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and delivers wide-ranging support to our people and communities.
“We know that community-based organizations are important to people in many different ways, and offer the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador valuable social connection as well,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
“Our government recognizes the importance of supporting these organizations and the hard-working people who power them, particularly during this challenging year,” he said.
A Furey government will work with high-potential organizations that have a significant impact in communities, harnessing their economic and social benefits.
Building on proven models across Canada, the Furey government will launch a request for proposals to create an incubator and accelerator to maximize the social and economic impacts from the community sector, and drive social innovation. This initiative will be complemented by the holistic support of the community sector.
By working with the community sector and leading incubators from across Canada, the Furey government will develop the social infrastructure that will allow our community organizations to grow, contributing to better social outcomes and more economic activity in the province.
January 29, 2021
Growing the Arts and Entertainment Industry
Newfoundland and Labrador is internationally renowned for its arts and culture community, as musicians, comedians, visual artists, actors and other artistic leaders from this province consistently make their mark around the world.
“The calibre of creativity coming from our small population here in Newfoundland and Labrador is impressive. Music, arts, storytelling – it’s our culture, and our government will promote creative and cultural industries to help them grow in our evolving economy,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
A Furey government will create an Advisory Council on Creative and Cultural Industries, uniting leaders from across the arts and culture community to develop a comprehensive plan for its future, and to advise the Department of Tourism, Arts and Recreation on how best to grow the sector.
For making these investments, our government will establish partnerships and strategic collaborations with entertainment industry players and work with local organizations like Business and Arts NL to maximize the potential of cooperation with the private sector.
We will also develop CreateNL, a digital portal to promote opportunities in the province’s creative industries and help connect customers and employers with the wealth of local talent.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s film and television industry continues to grow, creating good, skilled jobs and generating investment from outside the province.
“Our government will invest in modernizing arts and cultural infrastructure across the province, including investing in infrastructure, enhancing the equity and tax credit programs to ensure we have one of the most competitive spaces in order to capture more of the potential value in film and television production, said Premier Furey.
“Productions want to come here to shoot, and we want to help more of them do it,” he added.
The Furey government will consult with stakeholders in the film and television industry to create a competitive local labour and spend tax credit program, to generate jobs and economic opportunity across the province by attracting large-scale productions.
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