Status quo not an option, Atlantic premiers say as they ask Ottawa for economic help – CP

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Status quo not an option, Atlantic premiers say as they ask Ottawa for economic help – CP

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 2016243 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 10, 2016 

FREDERICTON _ New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says the status quo is not an option as Atlantic Canada faces potentially crippling economic challenges.

Still, he says a meeting today with his Atlantic counterparts and federal ministers — all Liberals — is cause for optimism.

The premiers are asking Ottawa for more investment to help create jobs and support aging populations.

They’re also hopeful that promised infrastructure funding in the next federal budget will kick-start new projects and attract younger workers.

Canada is aging as a whole but the Atlantic region is greying faster than the rest of the country.

Economists have warned of worsening consequences over the next decade if the region can’t replenish labour forces through new investments and immigration.

INDEX: ECONOMY HEALTH NATIONAL ATLANTIC POLITICS

 

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