Yvonne Jones, Opposition Critic for Health and Community Services and MHA
for the District of Cartwright - L’Anse au Clair, says she is concerned with
the decision of Health and Community Services Minister Tom Osborne to award
a $25 million contract to a Quebec company to develop a pharmacy network in
Last week, government awarded the pharmacy network contract to Emergis, a
company based in Quebec, even though X-Wave, a Newfoundland and Labrador
based company, had applied and had the appropriate level of expertise to
develop and implement this type of system.
"I find it very surprising that this government would contract a Quebec
company to develop a pharmacy network when the expertise exists in this
province," said Ms. Jones. "Everyday we have our skilled workforce leaving
the province in search of employment. This government contract would have
been a significant opportunity to grow our expertise and skill base, while
creating employment opportunities for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
Unfortunately, government did not see the wisdom in establishing this
program using a company based in this province.
"X-Wave is a company that has a significant presence in this province and
has operations throughout Canada making it a national company. While our
provincial government continues the rhetoric that they are committed to
growing opportunities for people in this province, our tax dollars are going
to subsidize jobs in Quebec. These are certainly not the actions of a
government committed to enhancing our skill base and employment
opportunities for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
"While the pharmacy network concept is positive, I am disappointed that
it appears our provincial government is lacking the confidence in our
workforce to establish this system. If this government’s current approach
continues, there may not be anyone left in the province to use this pharmacy