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Law firm McInnes Cooper has withdrawn its services from the provincial government’s contract talks with public sector unions, Finance Minister Tom Osborne told NTV News Tuesday.

The province’s largest public sector union, NAPE, had been repeatedly taking aim at how much money the province was spending on legal fees with McInnes Cooper. Osborne would only that the firm had withdrawn its services and would not explain why. He says he will not use another law firm for public-sector contract talks.

NAPE is hoping that Osborne’s appointment as finance minister signals a shift in attitude in contract talks, which have not been going well.

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