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The lack of an affordable public child care program is the focus of NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael’s questions in the House of Assembly this week. Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says half a century of royal commissions, task forces, and government white papers have recognized that closing the gender wage gap requires universal affordable child care.

 

NDP Leader Gerry Rogers is concerned about the critical shortage of jobs and government’s lack of a job strategy. Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says the real unemployment rate in Newfoundland and Labrador is heading for 20 per cent, the highest in the country.

“There is a looming jobs crisis and without a proactive strategy there is no immediate relief in sight,” Rogers said.

 

NDP Leader and Education Critic Lorraine Michael is questioning how making cuts to Memorial University can be part of government’s plan to invest in the future of Newfoundland and Labrador and retain young, skilled people in the province.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael says today’s provincial budget fails to address the realities that people in this province are facing such as poverty, income inequality, outmigration, and the lack of a job creation strategy – problems that will get worse with inaction.

 

Today the NDP Caucus urged government to work collaboratively in response to the tariffs the United States is imposing on Corner Brook Pulp and Paper.

Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the most recent American ‘tariff-hit’ to Kruger’s mill in Corner Brook, while beyond our control, could seriously harm the province’s forestry industry.

 

For International Women’s Day, the NDP Critic for Justice and Public Safety and the Status of Women, Gerry Rogers, brought questions about pay equity, violence prevention, and affordable child care to the House of Assembly.

 

Gerry Rogers, the NDP Critic for Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, remains concerned with the government’s unrealistic and unworkable approach for cannabis sales.

 

NDP Leader and Education Critic Lorraine Michael wants to know why the English School District did not use its powers of suspension under the Schools Act in the recent incident at Stephenville High School. Michael (MHA, St.

 

NDP Leader and Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) is looking for answers on how government is planning and budgeting for the ongoing work needed to re-open Bishop Feild Elementary School in downtown St. John’s.

 

NDP Critic for the Status of Women Gerry Rogers has been asking this government to apply gender analysis to their budget preparation for two years in a row. Now she’s asking if the women of this province will be an afterthought once again.

 

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