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January 3, 2006
(Executive Council)

Premier calls upon federal leaders to respond to letter on Newfoundland and Labrador issues

Federal leaders should be in a position to state their position on issues of importance to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, heading into the final weeks of the federal election campaign says Premier Danny Williams. Premier Williams wrote to Stephen Harper, Paul Martin and Jack Layton on November 28, 2005, requesting their respective party�s position on several key issues.

"It is critical that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have a clear understanding of where the three national parties stand on issues which impact the future of this province," said Premier Williams. "With only three weeks remaining in the campaign, I believe the time has come for the leaders to respond to my letter so the people of this province can make an informed decision on January 23."

Premier Williams� letter included questions regarding important policy matters such as: the fishery; energy; federal presence in the province; equalization; Labrador issues; Marine Atlantic; and economic development and infrastructure.

"There are many pan-Canadian issues such as health care and education for which all of the parties have platforms," added Premier Williams. "The purpose of my letter was to identify matters of importance specific to Newfoundland and Labrador. I urge the leaders to respond to this letter immediately, and I also call upon all candidates running in this province to do likewise."

Media contact: Elizabeth Matthews, Office of the Premier, (709) 729-3960, 690-5500,

2006 01 03                          10:15 a.m.

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