Today in the House of Assembly, the NDP Caucus asked questions about government’s Fall Fiscal and Economic Update. The Finance Minister said today that his plan is to target agencies, boards, and commissions, including health authorities and school boards, to find savings.

 

The NDP Caucus is looking for support from other members of the House of Assembly for a Private Member’s Motion that would involve a review of the province’s health care system.

 

Recent reports have raised serious concerns about Newfoundland Power pressuring landlords to disclose tenants’ personal information to them, resulting in tenants having their power cut off. The Liberal government’s cancellation of the Home Heating Rebate Program in 2016 has further exacerbated the challenges for low-income people struggling to keep up payments on their power bills.

 

In the House of Assembly today, the NDP Leader asked questions about the Energy Corporation Act and whether or not the Minister of Natural Resources has received regular reports detailing procurement activities and contracts, as per the legislation.

 
Lorraine Michael

Advocates with the local deaf and hard of hearing community will present a petition to Lorraine Michael, NDP Leader and critic for Education and Early Childhood Development, today at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Confederation Building.

 

The NDP applauds amendments to Bill 14 that Opposition parties successfully brought forth this week. The NDP expressed serious concerns about changes to the Elections Act proposed by Bill 14, and about the whole process of amending legislation.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East - Quidi Vidi) says although the Liberals campaigned in the last election on improved management and more openness on the Muskrat Falls project, we have seen little of either so far.

Yesterday, the Premier said he wants to make sure that Nalcor is as open and transparent as any government department.

 

The NDP Leader says we should not rush to pass new legislation concerning the Elections Act, and adequate time must be taken to ensure past mistakes are not repeated. In the House of Assembly today, Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East - Quidi Vidi) asked questions about the process of making changes to the Elections Act to ensure the best possible legislation is passed.

 

In the House of Assembly today, the NDP Leader asked questions surrounding the long overdue judicial inquiry into the Muskrat Falls project, as well as oversight management. Premier Ball recently announced that government would proceed with an inquiry this fall after all, but Lorraine Michael (MHA, St.

 
NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers

The NDP supports the call for a provincial task force on gender-based violence. The NDP critic for the Status of Women and Justice Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John's Centre) says we must work proactively to ensure no new names are added to the list of missing and murdered women and girls in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

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