NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

As the House of Assembly re-opened today, NDP MHAs pressed government with questions on the looming employment deficit in the province. Statistics Canada reported 6500 job losses last month, unemployment is rising monthly, and government seems focused on further increasing the jobs crisis by slashing the public service, says NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael.

NDP Children, Seniors, and Social Development critic Gerry Rogers

The NDP critic for Children, Seniors and Social Development says the province’s Child and Youth Advocate has waited too long for legislation promised first by the former Conservative government, agreed on by the entire House of Assembly, highlighted in last December’s ministerial mandate letters, and promised again in the Speech from the Throne.


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Gerry Rogers, NDP MHA for St. John’s Centre, says the unelected board of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) must put the brakes on selling vacant school properties in St. John’s until a properly elected and accountable school board can oversee the process.


NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says while government is honouring its commitment to have school board elections within a year, it’s just under the wire of their self-imposed timeline.

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the Board of the province’s English School District is completely unjustified in its latest “premature and unnecessary” announcement concerning Whitbourne Elementary. On Friday, July 29, a judge told the NLESD it had not followed correct procedures to close the school, and ordered a reversal of the decision.

NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says the only thing surprising about the latest reversed budget decision is that it took so long for the provincial government to admit it was wrong.

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) wants to know what government has to say about an industrial accident at the Muskrat Falls site near midnight Sunday. A concrete spill resulting from a collapsed framework saw seven workers in need of first aid treatment; one was sent to hospital.


In the House of Assembly today, Lorraine Michael, MHA St. John's East - Quidi Vidi, rose to present at point of privilege. The text is below.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to raise a point of privilege or a matter of contempt of the House of Assembly.
I am raising this point at the earliest opportunity having only become aware of Ed Martin’s statement late yesterday afternoon.


NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) insists the Premier should have gone directly to the Auditor General to investigate questions around Nalcor’s payment of $1.4 million to a CEO who said in public he was resigning.

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP MHAs Lorraine Michael (St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) and Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) say the Premier should bring the Auditor General in to investigate the many questions and uncertainties swirling around payments made to former Nalcor CEO Ed Martin, who left the Crown Corporation abruptly just over a month ago.



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