NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) called today for Premier Kathy Dunderdale to immediately re-open the House of Assembly to allow for emergency debate on the crisis being faced by people in Marystown and Port Union.


NDP Critic on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) said today that with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the horizon, the provincial government should start seriously trying to reduce the barriers blocking full participation in society.


NDP Muncipal Affairs Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) called on the government today to work out a better funding deal with municipalities so that more Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can have access to basic infrastructure needs.


NDP Labour Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) demanded today that government look at introducing a safer work rotation for offshore employees.

“We have studies showing that a huge majority of accidents and stress happen in the third week of the three-week rotation at sea,” Kirby noted. “In Norway and Great Britain, workers are at sea for just two weeks.


NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) called on government today to take the province’s housing crisis seriously.


NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) today challenged the provincial Conservative government to get creative in how it administers the fishery.


NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North) responded today to the government’s release of the audit of Ocean Choice International’s Marystown fish plant operations indicating big financial losses for the company over the past several years.


Acting NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John's Centre) called today on Health and Community Services Minister Susan Sullivan to take a stand to keep the cost of prescription drugs as low as possible.


NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) today said he is seriously concerned about the findings of a national report which ranks Newfoundland and Labrador lowest in the country in its early childhood education programs.


NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North) has concerns about the lobster industry buyout announced last week.
“It is a step in the right direction,” said Mitchelmore, “but I want to ensure it is equitably implemented in a way that will truly relieve some stress from an overburdened industry.”



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