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MP Gerry Byrne asking for an “Open Government” update on state of Marble Mountain repairs

Posted on September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014 – Corner Brook, NL – The Commons member for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte is asking the provincial government to provide the public with an update on any progress achieved to date in repairing Marble Mountain ski resort’s main chair lift. Lightning stuck in early August of this year, effectively putting the mountain’s main lift out of commission. Byrne said his biggest concern is that, with six weeks having passed since the damage first happened and an increasingly shorter construction season now ahead, the resort’s main chair lift may no longer be repairable in time for this winter’s ski season.

“Six weeks ago we heard from Marble Mountain Development Corporation’s general manager, Chris Beckett, who informed us that if quick action were taken by the corporation’s insurance provider, the lift’s manufacturer for the supply of spare parts, and the provincial government, which is required to authorize the repairs, the lift could be made operational again in time for this year’s ski season”, Byrne.

“Marble Mountain, or more precisely, Marble Mountain Development Corporation, is a crown corporation owned by the provincial government. The provincial government has a duty to update the public on what they have done or not done and what they know or don’t know about this situation. 120 direct jobs are on the line at the resort itself along with the 700 or more indirect jobs that are believed to be tied to the operation of the hill. Marble Mountain fills our local hotels, our restaurants, our taxis and our stores with thousands of new customers each winter in what would otherwise be a very hungry time of year.”

Byrne said that, under its Open Government initiative, the provincial government promised to provide the public with this sort of information on a more timely basis.

He also hopes the government’s message will be a positive one because he is already hearing that prior bookings to ski Marble from out of town visitors are being cancelled due to the limited lift capacity at the resort. He believes it would be helpful if some kind of re-assurance could be offered that the situation will be fixed soon.

Facilities at Marble Mountain, including the high speed chair, were developed under a federal-provincial cost sharing program.

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For more information, contact Gerry Byrne at 709-637-4540

Conservatives Must Stop Abusing Taxpayer Money for Expensive Litigation

Posted on December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013 (OTTAWA) – Today, Liberal Treasury Board Critic, Gerry Byrne, called on the Conservative government to stop abusing taxpayers’ money and put negotiation before litigation with Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

“Time after time, we have seen that instead of cooperating and negotiating with Aboriginal Peoples, this Conservative government shamelessly pursues legal challenges in court – and often loses,” said Mr. Byrne. “Moreover, at huge expense, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development has increasingly been using expensive private sector law firms, rather than using Department of Justice lawyers.”

Under the Conservatives, Public Accounts reveal that in 2012/2013, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada used outside legal help on 330 occasions, costing taxpayers $32.5 million. In contrast, the 2008/2009 Public Accounts show that this same department hired outside legal assistance only 61 times at a cost of $12.8 million.

“A 153% increase in hiring expensive private sector lawyers – in one department alone – at a time of fiscal restraint is proof that the Conservatives cannot be trusted to manage the public purse,” said Byrne. “Canadians expect and deserve a higher level of accountability and fiscal responsibility from their government.”

 

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Contact:
Office of Gerry Byrne, M.P.
709-637-454

 

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Le 11 décembre 2013 (OTTAWA) — Aujourd’hui, le porte-parole libéral responsable du Conseil du Trésor, Gerry Byrne, a exhorté le gouvernement conservateur à ne plus abuser de l’argent des contribuables et à privilégier le dialogue avec les peuples autochtones du Canada plutôt que les procédures judiciaires.

« Nous voyons constamment que le gouvernement conservateur choisit de régler les litiges devant les tribunaux, la plupart du temps en perdant, au lieu de coopérer et de négocier avec les peuples autochtones, a déclaré M. Byrne. De plus, Affaires autochtones et Développement du Nord Canada a de plus en plus recours à des cabinets d’avocats du secteur privé, très coûteux, au lieu d’utiliser les avocats du ministère de la Justice. »

Les Comptes publics révèlent qu’en 2012/2013, sous le gouvernement conservateur, Affaires autochtones et Développement du Nord Canada a eu recours à de l’aide juridique externe à 330 reprises, ce qui a coûté 32,5 millions de dollars aux contribuables. En comparaison, les Comptes publics de 2008/2009 montrent que ce même ministère n’a eu recours à de l’aide juridique externe qu’à seulement 61 reprises, pour un total de 12,8 millions de dollars.

« Cette augmentation de 153 % dans l’utilisation des services juridiques très coûteux du secteur privé, pour un seul ministère et à une époque de restrictions budgétaires, est la preuve que l’on ne peut pas faire confiance aux conservateurs pour gérer les deniers publics, a déclaré M. Byrne. Les Canadiennes et les Canadiens s’attendent à de plus grandes redditions de comptes et responsabilité financière de la part de leur gouvernement et ils le méritent. »

 

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Renseignements :
Bureau de Gerry Byrne, député
709-637-4540

Conservatives Waste Taxpayer Money on Government Advertising

Posted on December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013 (OTTAWA) — The Conservative government should immediately rein in its reckless spending of taxpayers’ money on government advertising, said Liberal Treasury Board Critic, Gerry Byrne, today.

“The Conservative government has spent well over half a billion dollars on advertising since 2006, including over $100 million on the Economic Action Plan advertising alone,” said Mr. Byrne. “The Conservatives shamelessly spend taxpayers’ money on advertising, and have even gone so far as to create the partisan position of manager of government advertising in the Prime Minister’s Office.”

Whether promoting the years-old First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit, or advertising about wireless services while doing nothing to fix the mess and bring down costs for Canadians, the Conservative government has not hesitated to misuse taxpayers’ money for self-promotion. More recently, this has included efforts to highlight the Canada Job Grant – a program that does not even exist – as well as a taxpayer-funded, $40 million campaign to mitigate the international damage they have done to our resource sector.

“Clearly the Conservative government would rather waste time and money on self-promoting campaigns rather than actually work for the real priorities and demands of middle class families,” said Mr. Byrne. “Canadians expect and deserve a higher level of accountability and fiscal responsibility from their government.”

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Contact:
Office of Gerry Byrne, M.P.
709-637-4540


Pour diffusion immédiate
Le 4 décembre 2013

Les conservateurs gaspillent l’argent des contribuables pour des publicités gouvernementales

OTTAWA— Le porte-parole libéral responsable du Conseil du Trésor, Gerry Byrne, a déclaré aujourd’hui que le gouvernement conservateur devrait immédiatement mettre un terme à ses dépenses inconsidérées de l’argent des contribuables pour des publicités du gouvernement.

« Le gouvernement conservateur a dépensé bien au-delà d’un demi-milliard de dollars en publicité depuis 2006, dont plus de 100 millions de dollars uniquement pour le Plan d’action économique, a déclaré M. Byrne. Les conservateurs dépensent sans vergogne l’argent des contribuables pour de la publicité, et sont même allés jusqu’à créer le poste partisan de directeur de la publicité gouvernementale au sein du Cabinet du premier ministre. »

Que ce soit pour faire la promotion du crédit d’impôt pour l’achat d’une première habitation, qui ne date pas d’hier, ou bien celle des services sans fil sans pour autant rien faire pour y mettre de l’ordre ni faire baisser la facture des Canadiennes et des Canadiens, le gouvernement conservateur n’a pas hésité à abuser de l’argent des contribuables pour ses propres besoins d’autopromotion. Plus récemment, le gouvernement conservateur a fait la promotion de la Subvention canadienne pour l’emploi — un programme qui n’existe même pas — ainsi qu’une campagne de 40 millions de dollars, financée par les contribuables, afin d’atténuer le tort qu’il a fait sur la scène internationale à notre secteur des ressources.

« Il est clair que le gouvernement conservateur préfère perdre du temps et de l’argent en campagnes d’autopromotion plutôt que de travailler réellement pour les vraies priorités et les demandes des familles de la classe moyenne, a déclaré M. Byrne. Les Canadiennes et les Canadiens s’attendent à de plus grandes redditions de comptes et responsabilité financière de la part de leur gouvernement et ils le méritent. »

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Renseignements :
Bureau de Gerry Byrne, député
709-637-4540

Letter to the Editor

Posted on November 27, 2013

Dear Editor: An international trade panel, one assembled by the World Trade Organization at Canada’s request, concluded that ‘Moral Concerns’ can effectively trump the otherwise established […]

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Conservatives Waste Taxpayer Money on Partisan Branding

Posted on November 27, 2013

For Immediate Release November 27, 2013 OTTAWA– Today, Liberal Treasury Board Critic, Gerry Byrne, called on the Prime Minister to stop wasting taxpayers’ money on partisan […]

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Media Advisory – CETA

Posted on November 22, 2013

Technical briefing on information gaps in the Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement pertaining to fisheries (November 22, 2013) Ottawa – Editorial staff and members of the media […]

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Prime Minister’s Office Wastes Taxpayer Money on Free Staff Lunches

Posted on November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013 – (OTTAWA) – Today, Liberal Treasury Board Critic, Gerry Byrne, called on the Prime Minister to cut the lavish, taxpayer-funded eating habits of […]

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Byrne asking for feedback on EI changes

Posted on January 14, 2013

January 14, 2013 — (Corner Brook, NL) –The Liberal House of Commons member for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, Gerry Byrne, is asking constituents who have been recently […]

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Byrne issues warning to feds on Mi’kmaq enrollment changes

Posted on January 4, 2013

(January 4, 2013) — Corner Brook, NL — The Liberal Commons member for Humber-St. Barb-Baie Verte, Gerry Byrne, is issuing a direct warning to the Harper […]

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Harper government changes law to allow EI rules to be made in secret

Posted on May 4, 2012

May 4, 2012 – Liberal MP Gerry Byrne said today, that while the federal budget speech may have been light on details concerning the government’s plans […]

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