Nfld. & Labrador

Liberals economic plan 'last shot' at fixing N.L. finances

Newfoundland and Labrador's Liberals announced Wednesday they'll hold a series of consultations to determine policy and strategy, promising not to "repeat the mistakes" of the Tory government.
Dwight Ball says the party will consult with business leaders and others to help develop a new economic strategy. (CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador's Liberals announced Wednesday they'll hold a series of consultations to determine policy and strategy, promising not to "repeat the mistakes" of the Tory government.

Opposition Leader Dwight Ball announced LEAP — Liberal Economic Action Plan — during a news conference in St. John's Wednesday morning.

Paul Antle, a businessman and the current Liberal candidate for St. John's East, will chair the committee.

"This may be our last shot at it, we can't afford to miss this opportunity," Antle said. 

"From here on out, we have to get it right. We have to craft economic policies that will benefit this province long-term. We can't afford anymore missteps."

Antle will be joined by Liberal St. John's West candidate Siobhan Coady, and Brendan Mitchell, a councillor with the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band. 

"We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of this government," Ball said, adding that the current government failed to diversify and grow the economy.

Antle said the committee will hold a series of one-on-one meetings with industry and community leaders for "frank, direct, no-nonsense" discussions across the province to build policy and strategy.

The LEAP initiative is not, however, the party's economic platform, according to Antle.

Ball said the action plan is more focused and will look at short, mid-term and long-term strategies.