April 25, 2007


The following statement was issued by the Honourable Kevin O´┐ŻBrien, Minister of Business.
It was also read in the House of Assembly:

Update on Red Tape Reduction Initiative Program

I rise today to provide an update on the Red Tape Reduction initiative. I am pleased to report that this initiative is continuing to deliver results in reducing regulatory requirements for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

During the period from July 1 through December 31, 2006, a total of 4,295 regulatory requirements were removed from the system. This brings the total number of regulatory requirements removed from the system to 21, 205 since the initiative began in August 2006.

The department is now over one quarter of the way to achieving the objective of reducing the number of regulatory requirements within government by 25 per cent in three years. I am very pleased with the success of this project to date, and I am confident we will achieve our objective within the specified timeline.

Not only are we seeing results in terms of numbers, we are also seeing positive results with regards to the level of service government provides to clients. The red tape reduction initiative is fostering an environment where government is more aware of the impact of regulations on the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The red tape reduction initiative is also about supporting a change for the better in the way government interacts with clients. I believe that the positive impact on how government views the regulatory process will remain for years to come.

The work of the Department of Business with regards to regulatory reform would not be possible without the support and commitment of departments, agencies, boards and commissions. I believe the success of the Red Tape Reduction initiative to date has largely been a result of the tremendous work of government employees involved in the project. I extend my thanks and appreciation to the red tape reduction initiative team at the Department of Business, and all government employees for your continued commitment.

2007 04 25                                             2:20 p.m.


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