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Transportation and Works
January 15, 2009

Ministers to Travel to North Coast of Labrador

The Honourable Patty Pottle, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, the Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs, along with the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, and the Honourable Felix Collins, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, will travel to communities on the North Coast of Labrador, Monday, January 18, to meet with Nunatsiavut Government officials, the Mushuau Innu Band Council, community leaders and residents.

Minister Pottle noted that this will be the first time that Minister Collins has travelled to the North Coast and that she is pleased to be welcoming Minister Hedderson back for another visit.

"I am pleased to host my Cabinet colleagues on a trip to this region of Labrador to witness first-hand what has been accomplished here, and also to listen to the concerns of the people who live on the North Coast," said Minister Pottle. "The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is deeply committed to improving the circumstances of rural communities in this province, and by coming here, Ministers Hedderson and Collins are getting a much clearer picture of the unique challenges faced by residents of Northern Labrador."

"The Williams Government has done much to improve the lives of the people living in Northern Labrador through the Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador," said Minister Hickey. "This is an excellent opportunity for my honourable colleagues and myself to engage community leaders and individuals in open and frank gatherings."

The schedule for community meetings is as follows:

Community Date Location Time
Rigolet Monday, January 18 Northern Lights Academy – Gymnasium 11:00 a.m.
Makkovik Monday, January 18 Community Hall 2:00 p.m.
Postville Monday, January 18 Community Hall 7:00 p.m.
Hopedale Tuesday, January 19 Council Chambers 10:00 a.m.
Natuashish Tuesday, January 19 Mushuau Innu Natuashish School - Multipurpose room 2:00 p.m.
Nain Tuesday, January 19 Community Hall 7:00 p.m.

During this extensive trip, Ministers Hedderson and Collins will discuss transportation and justice issues facing the people living on the North Coast of Labrador.

"I am looking forward to hearing first-hand from the peoples of the North Coast of Labrador about their experiences with the existing transportation network," said Minister Hedderson. "Through the discussions that we will have with community leaders and individuals, we will be in a better position to address challenges and identify opportunities."

"I greatly look forward to my first opportunity to travel the North Coast of Labrador and meet with residents and also to see and understand the vast geographic area which plays such a large role in the lives of those in the region," said Minister Collins. "We have made great strides in working with the people of the North Coast to provide improved justice services and I am confident that this visit will further strengthen current relationships and help build new ones."

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Media contacts:

John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
709-729-1674, 728-7762
Ken Morrissey
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
709-729-6985, 685-6612
Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267

2010 01 15                       11:15 a.m.

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