Labrador MHA en­cour­ages con­stituents to con­tact of­fice re­gard­ing Muskrat Falls

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

Keith Rus­sell, MHA for Lake Melville, is en­cour­ag­ing his con­stituents to con­tact his of­fice with ques­tions or con­cerns re­gard­ing hir­ing at the Muskrat Falls site.

Mr. Rus­sell says his of­fice works daily with con­stituents, on-site com­pa­nies and Nal­cor to en­sure the hir­ing pol­icy put in place by govern­ment and Nal­cor is fol­lowed.

“Our govern­ment is com­mit­ted to a pol­icy that sees Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ple of Labrador and Labrador res­i­dents re­ceiv­ing pri­or­ity hir­ing on this pro­ject,” said Mr. Rus­sell.

“My of f ice i s work­ing w ith Labrador res­i­dents who have ques­tions or con­cerns about em­ploy­ment on the pro­ject on a daily ba­sis. We work with on­site com­pa­nies, unions and Nal­cor to en­sure this pol­icy con­tin­ues to be fol­lowed.”

Mr. Rus­sell noted Nal­cor’s records for the month of May show that of the 627 peo­ple who worked at the Muskrat Falls site, ap­prox­i­mately 85% ( 529 peo­ple) are res­i­dents of New­found­land and Labrador; 301 (48%) are res­i­dents of New­found­land; and 228 ( 36.4%) are res­i­dents of Labrador, and half of those are mem­bers of Labrador Abo­rig­i­nal groups.

Dur­ing the course of the con­struc­tion phase, the eco­nomic ben­e­fit to Labrador res­i­dents and Labrador busi­nesses will be $500 mil­lion.

“We con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion, main­tain com­mu­ni­ca­tion with unions, con­trac­tors and Nal­cor and work with Labrado­ri­ans to en­sure we see ev­ery pos­si­ble ben­e­fit com­ing to Labrador,” added Mr. Rus­sell. “I en­cour­age any­one with ques- tions or con­cerns to con­tact my of­fice.”

MHA Rus­sell can be reached at 896- 7975 or e- mail kei­thrus­sell@gov.nl.ca.

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