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Members of the All-Party Committee just after the launch

On Friday, March 24, 2017, we saw the culmination of a project inspired by an NDP Private Member's Motion. When St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers proposed an All-Party Committee on Mental Health in 2015, it got the support of every member present in the House of Assembly that day. Two years later, with an intervening change of government, a lot of hard work has been done.

 
St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

The Come by Chance oil refinery laid off more than 100 workers last week; concerns about the implications of the layoffs, including health and safety and issues arising from the reduced staffing levels, are swirling. Today the NDP Caucus brought some of those questions to the House of Assembly, looking for some sign that government is taking the issues seriously.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

It’s not unusual for the House of Assembly to pass an interim supply bill in March. What is unusual, says NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael, is for a government to have no other legislation prepared for debate. Currently in the House, MHAs are standing in succession to speak on a bill that every member will inevitably vote to support.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael took the provincial government to task today for its announcement last Friday that it was agreeing to a decision by the federal government to pay this province only about a third of the amount previously committed by the federal government to compensate for losses expected in the fishery industry as a result of the upcoming Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agr

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Questions continue to swirl around the way the Liberal government is handling Muskrat Falls and the deal with Nova Scotia utility company Emera, particularly the lack of transparency being displayed. NDP MHAs asked some of those questions today in the House of Assembly.

 
NDP Critic for the Status of Women Gerry Rogers

The unanimous support for an NDP motion on pay equity is an excellent way for the House of Assembly to observe International Women’s Day, says NDP Critic for the Status of Women Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre).

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Today is International Women’s Day. NDP Caucus members seized the opportunity to ask government for commitments on several key issues. NDP Critic for the Status of Women Gerry Rogers led off questioning with a return to an issue she has championed for years.

 

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.

 

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