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NDP MHA Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) had praise today for Service NL, the government department which finally issued a clean-up order to Sea Treat Limited for the abandoned fish plant site in Englee. The order requires that the plant site be cleaned up and remediated within 90 days.


The NDP Caucus today used its 12 minutes of Question Period to ask the government questions related to the industry that is both most associated with the province’s heritage and most jeopardized because of government indifference.


Today was Private Members’ Day in the House of Assembly. NDP MHA George Murphy (St. John’s East) presented his party’s first motion, and expressed his disappointment at the government’s attitude to small businesses in the province.


Christopher Mitchelmore, the NDP MHA for The Straits-White Bay North had more questions for the Minister of Health today in the House of Assembly. He says he didn’t get the answers he was looking for.


NDP Labour Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is concerned about the financial well-being of hundreds of retired paper mill workers. About 500 former and current employees of Kruger-owned Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and its predecessor Bowater have been told the company wants to make changes to their pensions.


NDP MHA Christopher Mitchelmore is asking the provincial fisheries, Darin King, to clarify the province’s position on fleet separation.

The minister was at the Boston International Seafood Show earlier this week and met with his federal counterpart Keith Ashfield.


Today in the House of Assembly, NL NDP Labour Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) asked the government when they will be introducing anti-scab legislation.


NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she is hopeful today’s Throne Speech indicates the Dunderdale Conservatives finally plan to pay attention to some issues she has been highlighting for years. At the same time, however, she says there remain some gaping holes in government policy.


NDP MHA Dale Kirby (St. John’s North) is in Corner Brook today, meeting with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper workers. Kirby will also be meeting with students at the local college and university campuses.


NDP Fisheries and Aquaculture critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA The Straits - White Bay North) says he is glad to see the Minister of Fishers and Aquaculture living up to his responsibilities for the resources owned by the people of the province by denying Ocean Choice International (OCI) exemptions to redfish and yellowtail processing commitments.



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