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Today in the House of Assembly, NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers questioned government on its regressive policies on the assessment procedure that approves funding for gender affirming surgery.

 

This week the provincial government announced it would introduce legislation to establish a new oil and gas corporation separate from Nalcor.

 

For the last two days, the NDP Caucus has criticized government for its failure to release a plan for rate mitigation. Yesterday, NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St.

 

This week the NDP Caucus will present a Private Member’s Motion urging government to immediately strike an All-Party Select Committee on rate mitigation and the future of Muskrat Falls.

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) tabled the motion in the House of Assembly today. St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers seconded the motion.

 

The NDP Caucus is concerned about the environmental impact of a mining project in the Avalon wilderness, including an exploration road under construction. Eagleridge International is building an 11 km exploration road for gold mining in the region, which could damage vegetation, watersheds, and the ecosystem.

 

The NDP Caucus is seeking answers following the largest offshore oil spill in our province’s history. On Friday, Husky Energy reported a spill of 250,000 litres at its SeaRose FPSO with possibly more continuing to leak.

 

Yesterday government announced that it will use a public-private design, build, finance, and maintenance model – a P3 – to build the Waterford hospital replacement.

Today in Question Period, NDP Leader Gerry Rogers said this will be the fourth one government has commissioned.

 

Today the NDP Caucus grilled government on missed opportunities and long overdue actions needed to protect and support our province’s workers.

 

Today in the House of Assembly, the NDP Caucus called for government to take responsibility for the current state of the provincial ambulance system and move forward with recommendations from the Fitch report dating back to 2013.

 

Today Education and Early Childhood Development critic Lorraine Michael says government must act to remove the many barriers, including long wait times for assessment, for persons with autism.

 

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