One of the candidates for the leadership of the Newfoundland and Labrador Progressive Conservatives announced some general policy plans on Friday.

Paul Davis, who is in the running to be the party's next leader and premier of the province, said he wants to start negotiating with Statoil on their discoveries off the Flemish Pass in order to get production started sooner rather than later.

Davis said the province needs to focus on getting better value out of its investments in general.

"Health care is a really good example because we don't always get the value for health care, we have a significant cost of health care in the province," he said.

"It's about 39 per cent of our budget is spent on health care. I think we have to refocus on improving people's health in the first place."

Davis also announced he wants to establish an advisory council to look at curbing violent crime in the province.

Davis is running for the leadership of the governing Tories against fellow MHA Steve Kent, and former cabinet minister John Ottenheimer.

The PCs will pick a party leader on Sept. 13.