News Release

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi) says government must spend some of the province’s huge surplus to meet the needs of the people of the province.

Government today released its mid-year financial update noting the surplus has soared to $755.8 million from the projected $59 million predicted in April.

 

NDP Environment Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says this province may have received a higher grade on a drinking water report card, but it still has a lot of work to do.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi) asked the Atlantic Lottery Corporation to release more information on what ethical guidelines it plans to follow in pursuing business opportunities in other countries.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) today announced the critic roles to be filled by members of the NDP caucus.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says recent news regarding errors in radiology testing at the Gander hospital is “very disturbing.”

Speaking today in Gander, Ms Michael said, “I have two questions around this issue. The first is, what sort of quality control exists at Central Health, or at James Paton Memorial Hospital, around radiology testing?

 

New Democrat MHA Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) called Eastern Health’s decision to cut hours of frontline nursing and personal care employees “a cost-cutting measure that could affect patient care.” She is asking the Minister of Health and Community Services to get involved because of the potential impact on tertiary care.

 

Dale Kirby, NDP MHA (St. John’s North) extends his congratulations to the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, who are celebrating their 75th year of solidarity in promoting a better life for the working people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

When a crowd of protesters converges on Confederation Building today to protest the government’s decision not to open the House of Assembly for debate, Lorraine Michael and members of the NDP caucus will be there to welcome them.

 

NDP leader Lorraine Michael (MHA Signal Hill- Quidi Vidi) today questioned the state of democracy in Newfoundland and Labrador, noting that important issues like the lack of work at the Marystown shipyard are not being debated in the House of Assembly.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is observing Persons’ Day with a pang of sadness this year.

“It is, as always, uplifting to reflect on the progress women have made since October 18, 1929, when we were first recognized as persons under Canadian Law,” said Michael. “This year, however, is our first Persons’ Day without Nancy Riche.”

 

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