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NDP Innovation, Business and Rural Development Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits – White Bay North) stood in the House of Assembly today to ask the minister of finance why a cut to the small business tax rate was not included in this year’s budget.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) had questions about fiscal management for the government in the House of Assembly today. The questions centred around the province’s 2012 budget, People and Prosperity: Responsible Investments for a Secure Future.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the People and Prosperity budget announced today by the Dunderdale Conservatives does little to address the real needs of people in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will have a hard time living up to its sub-title, Responsible Investments for a Secure Future.

 

NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North) and Environment and Conservation Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) are demanding the provincial government deal immediately with the crumbling former fish plant in Englee. The building is structurally unsafe; this became even more evident when another section of the roof collapsed April 19.

 

NDP MHA Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) says reductions in moose licenses, cited in the 2012-13 Hunting and Trapping Guide released yesterday, is a clear sign that government is listening to concerns raised by outfitters and others in his district.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) reacted with disbelief to a government announcement on childcare today.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is demanding the Dunderdale government take action in the upcoming budget to ensure children in the province’s schools have access to the special education programs and services they need.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she shares the relief of FFAW workers who are back to work after a ten-week lockout. However, she says, the lengthy dispute served to highlight the need for anti-scab legislation in the province.

 

NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael says a national study on seniors and home care released today should lend some urgency to the Dunderdale government’s long-promised strategy on long-term care and home care. Michael says the Health Council of Canada’s report on seniors, home care and family caregivers reflects the situation for many people in this province.

 

NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) said today the provincial government must take leadership as the Department of National Defence vacates housing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

 

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