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As residents of the province start planning for spring and summer lawn care, the NDP Environment Critic is expressing disappointment in the regulations government has introduced around cosmetic pesticides.


NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says a report released last week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information contains some alarming numbers.

The CIHI measured how 600 hospitals across the country rate on several indicators of patient care, including deaths after being treated for specific conditions, and re-admissions after major surgeries.


NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) says the government’s announcement of financial assistance for Carino today is a good step.

“I am happy to see the government offering this support for a traditional industry that is so important to rural Newfoundland and Labrador,” Mitchelmore said today.


A member of the provincial NDP caucus asked government again today to lower the business tax on small businesses in the province from 4 per cent to 3 per cent.


NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi) is appalled that the government is dismissing the province’s Public Utilities Board’s report on the feasibility of the Muskrat Falls project – and that it is apparently dismissing the PUB itself.


NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) demanded today that government halt its rush to develop Muskrat Falls until it has answered important questions raised by the province’s Public Utilities Board.


NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) said today that although she and her caucus voted in support of the bill concerning generic drug pricing, they will be watching closely to ensure that the Dunderdale Conservatives live up to their promises.


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.



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