Bill 29 passage dark moment in province’s history
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she is proud of her caucus’s stand against the Dunderdale Conservatives’ repressive and regressive Bill 29, but dismayed that the legislation was forced through and will now become law.
“We knew from the first time we read what the Conservatives were proposing that this was dangerous legislation,” Michael said. “We have fought it through one of the longest debates in our legislature’s history. We watched the government members stand in support.
“But we know that we fought Bill 29 with every ounce of energy we had. Just as important, we know that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians were watching as their right to access government information was taken away.”
House Leader Jerome Kennedy invoked closure at 1 a.m. Friday morning after four days of near continuous debate in the House of Assembly.
“Bill 29 serves secrecy up on a silver platter for government,” Michael said. “This is a dark moment in our province’s history.”