Gerry Rogers Question Period (06.26.2012)

MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, on June 20, the Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation said: I have a minister's committee, a deputy minister's committee, and an interdisciplinary committee within government that deal with the overall picture of housing in the Province and has government reacting to it. Social housing is full, housing costs have doubled since 2004 and rising, rental costs are rising, vacancy rates hover around 1 –

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Oh, oh!

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

MS ROGERS: – per cent Province-wide, large resource developments are on the horizon, and now mortgages are harder to get.

Mr. Speaker, I ask the minister: Aside from social housing, what exactly are his committees doing to address this overall growing housing crisis for the working families of Newfoundland and Labrador?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Transportation and Works.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. HEDDERSON: Mr. Speaker, I feel like a broken record because every time I get on my feet – we have a strategy to move forward; we also have a commitment.

I would say to the hon. member over there, you stood on your feet in support of an amendment motion on housing the other day. You acknowledged that we have a strategy; you acknowledged that it works. As well, you acknowledged that this government made a commitment to move forward on housing affordability with regard to our Blue Book commitment. Guess what? We are going to follow it and we are going to do it.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

The Member for St. John's Centre.

MS ROGERS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, last week, yet another person asked for a longer sentence in order to go to federal prison because she cannot get proper psychiatric services in our penitentiary system. Complaints about these psychiatric services have come from all corners, including a scathing report from the Citizens' Representative. Appropriate medical treatment is a vital part of rehabilitation.

Mr. Speaker, I ask the Minister of Justice: What is he doing to fix this very serious problem with psychiatric services in our correctional system?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. F. COLLINS: Mr. Speaker, the hon. member premised her question on certain allegations and premises with respect of the practice of psychiatry. Mr. Speaker, I am not a psychiatrist. I would not suggest that the hon. member is a psychiatrist. I do not think the Citizens' Rep was a psychiatrist when he wrote the initial report, but, Mr. Speaker, it was for that reason that we requested the peer review. We are waiting on that review. We have been in communication with the reviewer as late as last week. He is diligently working on that report. We expect it very soon.

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