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July 11, 2013

Minister Outlines Progress in Implementing Blue Book Commitments;
Reiterates Importance of Protecting Province’s Finances

Less than two years into its current mandate, the Provincial Government has completed or substantially completed 43 per cent of its Blue Book commitments. The Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, today said that 228 of the 534 commitments have been acted on,while considering the fiscal situation of the province and ensuring long term sustainability.

“The Blue Book represents our government’s vision for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and lists out the priorities that our government will achieve during the current four year term,” said Minister Kennedy. “The Blue Book states, and the Premier has stated, that the commitments are dependent on the fiscal situation of the province. In implementing future commitments, we will continue to ensure that we manage the province’s finances in a prudent manner. To do anything less would be irresponsible.”

Some examples of commitments achieved to date include; maintaining personal income tax cuts, the low income seniors’ benefit, the home heating rebate and other tax cuts and programs; lowering the age for breast cancer screening; producing a provincial strategy on reducing wait times in emergency rooms; continuing a freeze on post-secondary tuition rates; and continued implementation of the Continuum of Care Strategy to improve the placement options for children and youth in need of out-of-home care. See backgrounder below for a complete list.

“Our government is proud of our record in implementing commitments we have made to the people of the province and we will continue to do so in a responsible manner,” said Minister Kennedy.

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Media contact:
Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Finance
709-729-6830, 693-1865

2011 Blue Book Commitments Either Complete or Substantially Complete

The following 228 commitments, representing 43 per cent of the 534 commitments in the Blue Book, have been confirmed by Provincial Government departments, agencies and offices as being either complete or substantially complete and moving towards implementation.

Advanced Education and Skills

Office of Executive Council – Communications Branch

Department of Child, Youth and Family Services

Department of Education

Department of Environment and Conservation

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Forestry and AgriFoods Agency

Fire and Emergency Services Agency

Department of Finance

Department of Health and Community Services

Human Resources Secretariat

Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development

Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat

Department of Justice

Labrador Affairs Office

Department of Municipal Affairs

Department of Natural Resources

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Office of Public Engagement

Research and Development Corporation

Service NL

Department of Tourism, Culture and Recretation

Department of Transportation and Works

Women’s Policy Office

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