To mark International Women’s Day, the NDP Caucus islooking for support from other members of the House of Assembly for a Private Member’s Motion that would move the province closer to a financially equitable society.

 
NDP St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

Members of the NDP Caucus were looking for answers from government on Muskrat Falls today in the House of Assembly, sparked by the Premier’s statement last week that electrical bills will double for residents of the province in three years.

“That means people now paying $300 a month will be facing a staggering $600 for their power bill,” said St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government’s recent actions around labour negotiations are reminiscent of those taken by employers in some of the bitterest labour disputes ever seen in this province.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

In Question Period today, NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) was looking for answers on several serious problems in today’s classrooms. Michael hears regularly from teachers and parents concerned about the quality of the classroom experience.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

New healthcare facilities in Corner Brook will be built and maintained by for-profit companies, a major shift in government procurement policy. NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the Liberal reversal from its stance of two years ago simply passes increased costs on to future year.

 

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) pointed out today in the House of Assembly that during last week’s departmental reorganization, the provincial government also dropped “Rural Development” from the name of the department with that responsibility.

 
NDP TCII Critic Gerry Rogers

The NDP Critic for Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation says government made the right move by quickly reversing the decision to take the word “culture” out of the department name. Now, says Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre), it’s time for the minister to take meaningful steps to ensure the support for culture that he professes in words is reflected in actions.

 

As the House of Assembly resumed for the Spring Session, NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) had strong words for government’s approach to employment. Not only is government harming the economy by laying people off, she says, but its lack of planning and action means the situation will be even worse.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says that while it’s heartbreaking to hear about repeated problems with the current classroom inclusion program, she hopes recent media stories will combine with presentations to the Premier’s Task Force on Education Outcomes to force government to pay attention and deal with the problem.

 
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers

The provincial government may spend millions of dollars a year to rent inferior housing, but doesn’t keep records that can confirm exactly how much.

 

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