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Newfoundland and Labrador Finance Minister Tom Osborne says the woman now in charge of the liquor corporation is ready to reduce jobs through attrition. (Sherry Vivian/CBC) Friday’s shakeup at the liquor corporation was prompted, in part, by government’s desire to put someone at the helm who would cut costs, and was comfortable with the corporation’s role in regulating marijuana sales, Finance Minister Tom Osborne says. Osborne went on the St. John’s Morning Show Monday to defend the appointment of Sharon Sparkes as interim chief executive officer. She replaces Steve Winter, who — after 14 years in the job — was relieved of his duties “without cause,” Osborne said. “We have confidence of Ms. Sparkes’s ability to lead the organization through that transition [to provincial regulator for marijuana] and do it smoothly,” Osborne said. Finance minister links cost-cutting, marijuana plan to sacking of NLC boss

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