News Release

This week in the House of Assembly, NDP Leader Lorraine Michael continued to question the Premier for answers on his intentions for the Atlantic Accord review.

 

The NDP Critic for Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says government’s cannabis plan is utter chaos and prohibitive to establishing Tier 1 retailers.

 

In Question Period, the NDP Caucus started the spring session by questioning government on its fiscal plan for economic sustainability and missed opportunity for progressive procurement legislation.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael says the government’s plan to index the province’s minimum wage to the national Consumer Price Index is a good start but is insufficient.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is deeply concerned that the decision to allow the Muskrat Falls Public Inquiry to be exempt from ATIPPA could allow key documents to remain secret. The decision comes following a request from the Commission of Inquiry for an Exemption to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

 
Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is concerned by Finance Minister Tom Osborne’s comments that Steve Winter, former CEO of the NL Liquor Corporation, was let go only because government needed someone in the role who would cut costs and find efficiencies.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is alarmed by the announcement today of a $40 million deal with Canopy Growth Corporation to operate a production facility in the province to supply up to 8,000 kg of cannabis a year and sell its products.

 

The NDP Critic for Environment says Grieg’s massive aquaculture project is based on increasingly controversial methods and government wants to both allow it and invest $45 million of the people’s money to do it.

Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says Norway, Iceland, and Denmark are moving to land-based aquaculture, as are Nova Scotia and BC.

 

In recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the NDP Caucus is pushing government for answers on issues including an affordable childcare strategy, pay equity, and multi-year support for crucial women’s programming. The NDP Caucus has also called for a task force on violence against women and girls.

 

The NDP Education Critic says parents are anxious and concerned waiting for much-needed updates on the future of Bishop Feild Elementary School in downtown St. John’s. In October, a section of the school’s roof collapsed. Students are temporarily attending the former School for the Deaf on Topsail Road but the timeline for returning to the building remains uncertain.

 

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