Transportation and Works
March 25, 2008

Marine Atlantic Best Served by Newfoundland and Labrador President

The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, believes it is in the province�s best interests that the next president and CEO of Marine Atlantic comes from Newfoundland and Labrador.

The position was recently vacated and Minister Whalen says representation from this province is essential.

"The Marine Atlantic service is, in effect, a continuation of the Trans Canada Highway for residents of our province. Not only does the service provide a critical link to the rest of Canada, it is also crucial in sustaining Newfoundland and Labrador�s economy," said Minister Whalen.

"It is imperative to have someone at the helm who understands the reliance this province has on the ferry service. This government maintains having a president and CEO from Newfoundland and Labrador can only better the service for residents and tourists alike."

Marine Atlantic is a Canadian federal Crown corporation that provides a vital marine transportation link across the Cabot Strait between Newfoundland and Labrador and mainland Canada.

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Media contact:
David Salter
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 691-3577

2008 03 25                                                     2:25 p.m.


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