Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election called for May 16

Premier Dwight Ball has called an early election in Newfoundland and Labrador for May 16, in what’s shaping up as a close race between the ruling Liberals and opposition Tories. Ball made the announcement Wednesday evening in the lobby of…

N.L. Liberals deliver optimistic 2019 budget with provincial election looming

Newfoundland and Labrador tabled an optimistic election-year budget Tuesday, taking stock of economic improvements since the provincial Liberals took office and resisting any tax hikes. The $8.4-billion spending plan is set against a forecasted deficit of $522 million, a number…

Renewed Atlantic Accord provides big boost to N.L. Liberals ahead of possible election

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the mood is brighter than it’s been in a while. After five years of drowning in debt from the slide in oil prices, the federal government has thrown the province a lifeline. The province will receive…

Newfoundland and Labrador to get word this evening on Atlantic Accord

Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier will update his province tonight on negotiations to revise the Atlantic Accord, a crucial federal-provincial agreement on offshore resource revenues. Premier Dwight Ball and federal cabinet minister Seamus O’Regan are holding a joint media event in…

Stephen McNeil has lowest approval rating of any Canadian premier, QC’s Legault has highest: poll

Nova Scotia’s long-serving premier Stephen McNeil has the lowest approval rating of any premier in Canada, while Quebec’s François Legault is the most popular provincial head of government with roughly six-in-ten Quebeckers approving of him. The figures come from a…

Atlantic premiers want free movement of doctors, nurses among provinces

Atlantic Canada’s premiers want to dramatically change how doctors, nurses and other health care workers are certified, hoping to improve their mobility by creating regional professional licensing. At a meeting in Charlottetown, the four premiers say the move will help…

Largest oil spill in N.L. history raises new questions about province’s fast-growing oil industry

Newfoundland and Labrador’s ambitious plans to dramatically expand the province’s lucrative offshore oil and gas industry got a nasty jolt on Nov. 16. Amid a fierce winter storm, an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean from Husky…

Former N.L. premier Danny Williams to testify at Muskrat Falls hearing

Public hearings will continue Monday morning for an independent inquiry into the issues surrounding the $12.7 billion Muskrat Falls hydro project on Newfoundland’s lower Churchill River. Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams will begin testimony at 9:30 a.m. at…

Inquiry into $12.7 billion Muskrat Falls ‘boondoggle’ set to begin in Labrador

It has been called a “boondoggle” by the man in charge. The Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject, a massive dam and powerhouse harnessing the lower Churchill River near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, is not even yet complete. But a public…