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CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas will be in Corner Brook, Tuesday, March 3 to present to the province’s 2015 Pre-Budget Consultations.

Lucas says, “We will be telling the finance minister and the current government that the worst possible direction they could take right now would be more cutbacks and austerity.

“Even Stephen Harper realized after the collapse back in 2008 that the public sector had a critically important role to play in buoying up the economy.  In fact, his government introduced a huge infrastructure initiative,” says Lucas.

“We all know the price of oil will go up again eventually, and government shouldn’t panic and listen to the likes of the Board of Trade or the CFIB, who are looking for cuts even in the best of times,” says Lucas.

CUPE’s presentation will also focus on early childhood education, the importance of protecting Defined Benefit pension plans, public services and decent-paying jobs for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

The March 3 consultations will take place from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Glynmill Inn, in Corner Brook.