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(Labrador City) Hospital worker Anna Filippi (phil-EE-pay) will present The Cure for Sudden Deficit Syndrome to Finance Minister Loyolla Sullivan this afternoon in Labrador City.

Fillippi, president of CUPE Local 1581 and an LPN at Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital, will present the report at the first in a series of pre-budget consultations by the provincial government.

Filippi will be addressing what CUPE has described as Premier Williams new malady - SDS, or Sudden Deficit Syndrome.

Says Filippi, Ironically, their so-called independent auditors report, Directions, Choices and Tough Choices, actually confirmed that the state of the provinces finances and the economy in general have not changed materially since the last budget.

Even the million dollar Tory from Ontario who headed up this supposedly, independent review, Ernie Eves buddy Michael Gourley, couldnt hide that fact. Although, given the $5.6 billion mistake he made in Ontario last year, we need to be very skeptical of whatever this paid consultant says, according to Filippi.

As if out of the blue, the premier is overcome with the Sudden Deficit Syndrome. He has been gripped with the same condition that struck down a former Premier Clyde Lied Wells. Now all the ills of the economy are apparently the fault of the hardworking women and men who deliver our public services, says the longtime hospital worker.

CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador President Wayne Lucas says his union will have presenters at each of the governments so-called consultations.

Says Lucas, While we believe these consultations are purely cosmetic because Danny Williams appears to have made up his mind already we felt it was important to be there to balance out the right-wingers and chamber of commerce types wholl no doubt be applauding the axe-cutting measures.

For information:
Wayne Lucas, President, CUPE Newfoundland & Labrador
753-0732 (o) - 727-2509 (Cell)

John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)