NDP St. Johns

George Murphy, the NDP MHA for St. John’s East, says government should have used all the information it had available to predict oil prices when determining the provincial budget.

He cites PIRA Energy Group as an example. In budget documents, government mentioned that it had consulted with PIRA to estimate an oil price for budgetary purposes.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) was looking for clearer answers from government today regarding what the fallout will be from the drastically revised provincial budget picture announced by the finance minister this morning.

 
NDP Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development critic Gerry Rogers

NDP critic for Seniors, Wellness and Social Development Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says there is a one-year waitlist in the Provincial Hearing Aid Program. This is causing further problems ranging from increased isolation to threat of job loss for people who are waiting for new hearing aids.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says that if Premier Paul Davis is truly convinced that there is no hope of the federal government supporting the fishery investment fund expected to come to this province with the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, he must rescind the province’s support for the accord.

 
NDP Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development critic Gerry Rogers

The NDP Critic for Seniors, Wellness and Social Development brought the plight of one of her constituents to the House of Assembly today. St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says “John” is a senior citizen who worked at minimum wage jobs all his life, and whose pared-down monthly expenses exceed his income by several hundred dollars.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

While NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) admires and respects the generosity of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who support food banks, she says government could take a solid step towards reducing the increased use of food banks by increasing the province’s minimum wage.

 
NDP Service NL critic George Murphy

NDP Health & Safety critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) wants to know why government is not reporting to the people of Labrador West what is happening with a major health concern in the area. He has written to Service NL Minister Tony Cornect requesting a report on the progress.

 
NDP Justice critic Gerry Rogers

Today is Human Rights Day, and NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) wants government to change the province’s Vital Statistics Act to help ensure the safety and dignity of transgender individuals. Under current law, individuals have to have fully completed the lengthy and expensive process of gender reassignment before their birth certificates can be changed.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says this province should have an advocate for seniors as British Columbia and Alberta do. The advocate would work independent of government departments, similar to similar offices that exist and operate already.

 
NDP Municipal Affairs Critic George Murphy

NDP Municipal & Intergovernmental Affairs critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) wants municipalities in the province to be able to count a predictable and sustained funding formula. In the House of Assembly today, he asked for government commitment on that.

 

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