In the House

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael has renewed her call for an active Public Accounts Committee. The committee is supposed to oversee government spending, and to ensure compliance with the Auditor General’s report. The last Public Accounts Committee met just once privately in the past 15 months, and no PAC has held a public meeting for six years.


NDP Advanced Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) agrees with the Canadian Federation of Students that “Education is a Right.” Access to quality, affordable post-secondary education is a cause that he has championed for a decade and a half.


NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says weekend news stories emphasize the urgent need for a division of government dedicated to the problems people everywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador are having finding places to live.


NDP Labour Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says he will be closely watching the upcoming statutory review of the legislation governing the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission. His main hope is that serious issues facing the Commission’s ability to protect injured workers in the future will be adequately addressed.


Michael says not setting deadline is wisest Muskrat Falls decision to date

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael says the decision of Emera and Nalcor to not set a firm deadline on deadline for their terms sheet agreement is “the wisest decision they’ve made to date.”


NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) is demanding the provincial government deal with the decaying former fishplant in Englee before something tragic happens in the Northern Peninsula community.


Gerry Rogers, MHA for St. John’s Centre is again supporting the Occupy NL call for the House of Assembly to be open. Rogers addressed the protesters raising the need for our House to use legislative standing committees.


NDP Fisheries critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits – White Bay North) says he is guardedly optimistic about the Minister of Fisheries meeting with the Marystown council today.


NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is “shocked” that Health Minister Susan Sullivan is ignoring the advice and concerns of medical and health professionals when it comes to upgrading the helicopters used in the province’s Medical Flight Program.


NDP Municipal Affairs Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) hopes that a large number of municipal officials will attend pre-budget consultations around the province and tell the government face-to-face about the financial challenges facing the province’s towns.



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