McGrath moves government job from Lake Melville to Lab West

Derek Montague
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Minister says there was “excessive administrative support” in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Minister Responsible for Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, Nick McGrath

The Minister Responsible for Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, Nick McGrath, is planning to move a departmental job out of the District of Lake Melville and into his home district in Labrador West.

 Sometime in June, the position of Secretary to the Minister will be held in the Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs office in Labrador City, instead of the office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay where it has been previously located.

 McGrath told The Labradorian this is all part of an internal restructuring effort. According to the minister, administrative staff for the three Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs offices is unevenly distributed in the province. Three positions are located in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, two are in St Johns, but none are in Labrador West.

 “There was no administrative support within the office in Labrador West. There’s an excessive administrative support within the offices in Happy Valley-Goose Bay,” said McGrath “So what we’ve done is we’ve transferred one of the administrative support positions … from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Labrador West.”

 McGrath claims the switch was made in order to streamline the three offices and make the department more efficient.

 “So what we’ve done is we’ve complimented the whole portfolio, the whole department to make it more streamlined,” said McGrath.

 “The whole purpose of doing this is … No. 1, the three offices work better together and streamlining makes it a much more efficient position within the portfolio.”

 The Labradorian tried contacting Lake Melville District MHA Keith Russell for comment, but he was unavailable as of press time.

Organizations: Lab West, The Labradorian

Geographic location: Labrador West, Lake Melville, Happy Valley Goose Bay Labrador

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