Position: Administrative Assistant, NDP Caucus Office

 
NDP Environment and Conservation Critic George Murphy

A consistent public complaint about the government-appointed panel to review hydraulic fracturing in the province is that there is no expert in public health on the panel. NDP Environment & Conservation critic George Murphy (MHA, St.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is not convinced that adding the extra job of collecting blood samples to the already-heavy workload of emergency room nurses will do anything to reduce wait times, as the minister indicated yesterday in the House of Assembly. Michael returned to the topic today during Question Period.

 
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) got a bit of a surprise today in Question Period in the House of Assembly.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health & Community Services critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is mystified as to why government permitted Eastern Health to make an abrupt addition today to the duties of Registered Nurses at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s. Michael says assigning blood collection work to the highly-trained RNs, who already overworked, seems counterproductive.

 
NDP Environment and Conservation Critic George Murphy

NDP Environment & Conservation critic George Murphy (St. John’s East) says the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on public health and the environment (including water supplies) should be a strong focus of the panel reviewing the possibility of using the process for oil exploration, whenever it finally announces the dates for the public hearings it is supposed to hold.

 
NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic Lorraine Michael

The NDP critic for Aboriginal Affairs says the recent brouhaha over what a cabinet minister said or didn’t say in an airport serves mostly to highlight the deteriorating state of the relationship between this province’s government and Aboriginal governments.

 
NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers

St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says it is long past time for government to fix legislation that threatens the dignity, human rights and safety of transgender people. Instead of doing the right thing and bringing our legislation in line with that of other provinces, says Rogers, government has chosen to spend money fighting a human rights challenge in court.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says vulnerable people dependent on privately-delivered homecare are dealing with repeated breakdowns in the system. Michael is hearing from those people – and their families – on an alarmingly frequent basis.

 
NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael

A weekend fire that destroyed a crab-processing plant on New World Island means a wave of economic uncertainty for the region. The plant in Cottlesville employs up to 200 people at the busiest time of the year; 150 were expecting to start the new season of processing crab there next month.

 

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