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|SUBJECT:||Harris Centre releases report on federal presence in Newfoundland and Labrador|
|DATE:||Nov. 22, 2005|
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional and Policy Development (Harris Centre), Memorial University, today released a report chronicling the federal government’s presence in Newfoundland and Labrador between 1981 and 2004. It examines changes in federal government employment, wages and salaries, spending, and military personnel over the past 25 years.
Data analysis and personal interviews provide an overview of how federal government involvement in the province has changed over time as well as context and insight into the changes that have occurred and the province’s reaction to those changes. The federal government’s presence in Newfoundland and Labrador has declined significantly since the early 1990s.
This report was prepared by Alison Coffin under the direction of Dr. James Feehan, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts, Memorial University, and was made possible with the help of a contribution from the Crosbie Group of Companies.
Dr. Robert Greenwood, director of the Harris Centre, highlighted that “this is just one of many reports that the Harris Centre will release on issues of public importance in regional policy and development. Memorial University’s faculty, staff and students represent an enormous resource for high quality, independent research and analysis.” Dr. Greenwood added that “this is the first time the private sector has partnered with the Harris Centre in supporting research at Memorial University. The Crosbie Group of Companies saw this as an important public policy issue for the province and agreed that the integrity and independence of Memorial University researchers was critical to shed light on this issue in an expert and objective manner.”
A second report is currently being prepared. It will expand on the findings of this document and include a detailed breakdown of federal employment by department and location and examine the federal procurement process.
Copies of the report can be found on the Harris Centre’s Web site at www.mun.ca/harriscentre/reports.php. The Harris Centre has a mandate to facilitate and coordinate the university’s activities related to regional policy and development.
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For more information please contact Deborah Inkpen, communications co-ordinator (research), Memorial University, (709)737-4073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.