Premier Binns And Revenue Minister Dhaliwal Announce New Jobs, Service Study For P.E.I.

Charlottetown, June 21, 1999 – The Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of National Revenue and M.P. (Vancouver South-Burnaby), and the Honourable Patrick Binns, Premier of Prince Edward Island, today announced the establishment of a Revenue Canada Information Technology (IT) applications group at Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The announcement was made at a news conference in Charlottetown following meetings earlier today.

“We are pleased to be able to locate this IT group in Prince Edward Island,” said Mr. Dhaliwal. “We want to build upon and expand the significant contribution that our Summerside facility provides to all Canadians. Joe McGuire, the M.P. for the riding, along with the Premier, have been instrumental in helping me to make this decision.”

Premier Binns noted that, “Revenue Canada is a valued employer in our community and the addition of 35 high-technology positions to the operation is a significant development for Summerside and for Prince Edward Island. This initiative is a good example of our approach to technology partnerships.”

In addition to the establishment of the IT applications group, the Premier and Minister also announced that officials from Revenue Canada and the government of P.E.I. will begin consultations immediately to explore options for better service to Island residents under the new Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA).

“A service study between the CCRA and Prince Edward Island will explore areas for improved service and identify benefits from economies of scale that might be realized by both levels of government,” said Mr. Dhaliwal.

“Discussions that can lead to better service for Canadians are in everyone’s best interest,” said Premier Binns. “I look forward to the results of these meetings.”