Premier Dwight Ball says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to work with him to finalize the Atlantic Accord review by the end of March. That, following a closed-door meeting with the Prime Minister at Confederation Building this afternoon.
Premier Ball says today’s discussions with Trudeau focused on the province being the primary beneficiary of its offshore resources, and the joint management of those resources.
Ball says the opportunity also allowed them to move discussions forward on topics like Muskrat Falls, electricity rates, and health care.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with Premier Dwight Ball at Confederation Building this afternoon.
The PM is visiting the St. John’s region today, making a number of stops including a tour of the MUN Core Science Facility and remarks at the Alt Hotel.
Trudeau and Ball are expected to cover a variety of topics during their meeting, including Muskrat Falls, the Atlantic Accord, and the replacement of Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.
The Prime Minister says they will continue to work with the provincial government to keep the cost of living affordable.
He noted the significant loan guarantees to the Muskrat Falls Project that have reduced the cost, but they are always looking to hear directly from the Premier on ways they can make sure they’re working together to benefit people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
He says one of the things they have done as a government is shifted from solutions developed in Ottawa to listening and working with partners on the ground to respond to what the local priorities and needs are.
Tour Stops by MUN Core Sciences Construction Site
Meanwhile, earlier this morning the Prime Minister took a tour of Memorial University’s Core Science Facility that is currently under construction.
Justin Trudeau says the Core Science Facility is one of many infrastructure projects that the Federal Government has approved over the last few years. Memorial University says to date, the federal government has put almost $100-million into the facility, through the New Building Canada Fund.
Trudeau says they have approved more than 350 infrastructure projects since 2016. He says once the Facility is completed, it will support Canadian innovation, research and science – all essential elements to a competitive and thriving economy.