President's Report 2007

Policy research centre releases report

Memorial Universityís Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development released the final report on its study of the federal government presence in Newfoundland and Labrador this past year.

According to the report, which chronicles a declining federal presence in the province, many federal government offices in Newfoundland and Labrador have been either downgraded or closed over the past 10 years.

With the exception of Marine Atlantic, the Harris Centre also found that that no Atlantic Canada head offices are located in the province for any department or Crown corporations. And other than for Marine Atlantic, all federal offices in Newfoundland and Labrador report to a head office in either Nova Scotia or New Brunswick.

The final study reports that Newfoundland and Labrador has no headquarters or major offices with national mandates in the province, as there is in Prince Edward Island, where the Department of Veteransí Affairs is based.

This work complements an earlier report issued by the Harris Centre in 2005, which examined changes in federal government employment, wages and salaries, spending and military personnel over the past 25 years.

Both reports document a substantial decline in federal government expenditures since the mid-1990s. The final report was authored by Dr. James Feehan and Allison Coffin of Memorialís department of economics. Copies of the Harris Centreís report can be found on its website at www.mun.ca/harriscentre