The NDP Caucus is concerned that government is ignoring the expertise of the Privacy Commissioner and is calling on government to address the Commissioner’s serious concerns about transparency and accountability in a new piece of legislation.

 

The NDP Caucus is calling for the implementation of urgent changes to mental health services in our correctional facilities, including increased access to counselling services.

 

The NDP Caucus is concerned about the elimination of salaried physician positions and the fact that 50,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador don’t have access to a family doctor. Leader Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says we understand that some salaried physician positions will be eliminated around the province this year.

 

Education and Early Childhood Development Critic Lorraine Michael is concerned about an amendment to the Schools Act that may disadvantage the inclusion of children with disabilities.

 

The NDP Caucus is looking for support from other members of the House of Assembly for a Private Member’s Motion urging government to create an all-party Select Committee on Jobs to address the growing unemployment crisis in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Today in Question Period, Leader Gerry Rogers asked the Premier about the unusual lack of a Request for Proposals to supply cannabis in the province leading to the deal with Canopy Growth.

Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) asked the Premier why exactly a RFP wasn’t issued for the supply of cannabis.

 

Leader Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) asked questions in the House of Assembly on issues facing LGBTQ2S youth on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Rogers says in our province, rates of suicide, dropping out of school, and homelessness are highest among LGBTQ2S youth.

 

The NDP Caucus is questioning why government has introduced a Private Member’s Motion when government already has the power to deal with protracted labour disputes.

The NDP Caucus has been calling on government to act on the recommendation of the Voisey’s Bay Industrial Inquiry to allow for binding arbitration to settle disputes where collective bargaining has truly failed.

 

The NDP Caucus says government’s April 1 minimum wage increase of 15 cents an hour does nothing to lift full time minimum wage earners above the poverty line.

 

The NDP Caucus says the doubling up of ministerial portfolios is shortchanging the people of the province as urgent matters continue regarding strained labour relations and cuts to post-secondary education.

 

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