Government talks much, reveals little: Michael
NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the new Liberal government talks a lot about transparency but does not reflect the talk in its actions.
The most recent example, says Michael, is the shockingly scant information provided by the Minister of Finance in response to a request to demonstrate details of the $100 million in savings she claimed her government has found since taking office in December.
“When asked to detail the $100 million in savings she claimed her government had found, the Minister of Finance tabled three numbers on a piece of paper on Thursday,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.
“She has had a long weekend. Has she been able to come up with any more substantive numbers in that time?”
There are other numbers Michael says the minister should make public.
“The Minister of Finance has said ‘everything is on the table’ in dealing with the province’s financial situation, while the Minister of Natural Resources was quoted as saying the Muskrat Falls project was too far along for government to consider shelving,” said Michael.
“Given the impact on the Province’s budget of spending on Muskrat Falls, I ask the Premier will he table the analysis his government used to conclude that the project is too far along to consider shelving?”
Michael says the people of the province deserve more than glib reassurances and that tabling substantive numbers and facts is the transparent thing to do.