A government amendment completely reversed the original intent of an NDP private member’s motion, so NDP MHAs found themselves in the unusual position of being forced to vote “nay” on their own Private Member’s Day. House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) had tabled the motion, which would have given all members of the House a chance to vote against the Liberal Levy.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) has a Private Member’s Motion today in the House of Assembly and she’s calling on the premier to allow a free vote. If approved, the motion would immediately eliminate the levy, which has been the focal point for some of the most outraged protests of an unpopular budget.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Today in the House of Assembly, MHAs have the opportunity to vote for or against dropping the idea of an unfair levy on the province’s taxpayers. The Liberal Levy has sparked outrage throughout the province.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

Budget 2016 has once again cut funding for the province's libraries. This time, the Liberals are closing 54 libraries, almost all of them in rural areas.

The closures leave up to 15% of residents more than a 30-minute drive from a library. Thousands of people -- children, seniors, families, people needing Internet access -- will now be unable to acess a library at all.

 
NDP Status of Women Critic Gerry Rogers

The NDP Critic for the Status of Women says government is failing the women of the province by refusing to take seriously their many equality concerns. St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says the most recent example is the debate surrounding the Liberals’ flagship legislation to create an independent commission to oversee appointments to government agencies, boards, and commissions.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

If the first bill of a government’s agenda sets the tone for that government’s term, says NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi), then Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can look forward to four years of broken promises, lip service, and the usual political games.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

In a provincial budget that has been criticized from every corner of the province, the single measure most frequently condemned has been the Liberal Levy – a supposedly temporary measure that takes higher percentage amounts from people at the lower end of the income scales.

 

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government’s apparent inability to gauge the effects of its actions will have a catastrophic impact on students served by the School Lunch Program this fall.

“All decisions have a ripple effect, or in the case of the School Lunch Program, it could be a tsunami,” Michael said in the House of Assembly.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

The NDP caucus’s first private member’s motion since the provincial election will give all MHAs the chance to vote to immediately eliminate the levy that is one of the most unpopular measures in an extremely unpopular budget. The motion will be tabled in the House of Assembly on Monday and debated on Wednesday afternoon.

 
St. John's Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers

NDP St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers had two demands for government today: Let the people of the province know when the vote on the budget will take place, and take the time to consider the particularly devastating impact of Budget 2016 on women.

 

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