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  • Prime Minister in St. John’s Today

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in the capital city today.

    Trudeau’s official itinerary is yet to be released but the Prime Minister is speaking to supporters at a donor appreciation event this afternoon.

    Trudeau will speak at the Alt Hotel in St. John’s at 12:00 p.m.

    He is also expected to visit Memorial University’s Core Science Facility to highlight grants in science, research and education. The Minister of Indigenous Service and metro MP Seamus O’Regan will accompany him.

    As well Trudeau will meet with Premier Dwight Ball during a visit to the House of Assembly at 1:45 today.

    VOCM News will be there.

    Calls to Protect Atlantic Accord

    Meanwhile, the Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association is calling on the Prime Minister to ensure that the benefits this province sees from the Atlantic Accord are protected and enhanced during the federal government’s review of the document.

    NOIA says the oil and gas industry is valuable to the province and to the country, calling it a “nation builder.”

    The group says an economic impact study they did indicates over 100-billion dollars in revenue from the oil and gas industry to the provincial government by 2045, and that the industry will also help the federal government achieve their greenhouse gas reduction goals.

    NOIA is calling on the Prime Minister to ensure the value of the industry is recognized during the review.

    It isn’t known at this time if the Prime Minister will be discussing the Atlantic Accord during his visit to the province.

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