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NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

Tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 22, voters in the province will elect new school boards. The problem is, says NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi), most people don’t know about it – and those that do are having a hard time getting information from the School Board.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

With School Board elections set for Tuesday, NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael says she is appalled at the lack of promotion around the elections and the disorganized way information has been disseminated to the public.

 

The NDP Critic for the Justice and the Status of Women is very supportive of government legislation providing safer access to abortion services, but she says some minor changes would make the legislation even better. In Question Period today, St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers highlighted her amendments.

 

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) wants clear answers from government about who has been talking to people in Quebec about Labrador power, what power projects are being talked about, and what government is hoping to achieve.

 
NDP St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

Yesterday in the House of Assembly’s question period, and afterwards speaking with reporters, the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills indicated he might hold public consultations on the province’s minimum wage, and that the minimum wage might be rising. Today in Question Period in the House, NDP MHA Gerry Rogers sought some clarification.

 
St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

The provincial government has not yet held the minimum wage review required by law, say the members of the NDP caucus, and the lowest-waged working people in the country are paying the price.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

As the House of Assembly re-opened today, NDP MHAs pressed government with questions on the looming employment deficit in the province. Statistics Canada reported 6500 job losses last month, unemployment is rising monthly, and government seems focused on further increasing the jobs crisis by slashing the public service, says NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael.

 
NDP Children, Seniors, and Social Development critic Gerry Rogers

The NDP critic for Children, Seniors and Social Development says the province’s Child and Youth Advocate has waited too long for legislation promised first by the former Conservative government, agreed on by the entire House of Assembly, highlighted in last December’s ministerial mandate letters, and promised again in the Speech from the Throne.

 

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Gerry Rogers, NDP MHA for St. John’s Centre, says the unelected board of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) must put the brakes on selling vacant school properties in St. John’s until a properly elected and accountable school board can oversee the process.

 

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says while government is honouring its commitment to have school board elections within a year, it’s just under the wire of their self-imposed timeline.

 

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