Closed House means lack of debate
NDP leader Lorraine Michael (MHA Signal Hill- Quidi Vidi) today questioned the state of democracy in Newfoundland and Labrador, noting that important issues like the lack of work at the Marystown shipyard are not being debated in the House of Assembly.
Premier Dunderdale said she will not open the House of Assembly for a Fall session. Michael says the Dunderdale Conservatives have no interest in being held accountable for the problems at the shipyard.
“The Nova Scotia government worked hard with many partners to lobby for Irving Shipyard’s bid for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy,” says Michael. “Yesterday they learned their efforts paid off ― they won a $25 billion dollar contract. I congratulate them on their success.”
In contrast, says Michael, the people of Marystown were outraged in the spring when the owner of the shipyard, Kiewit, announced it was dropping out of the same contract competition, which could have provided decades of work for the people of the region.
The Premier’s response to questions in the House from the NDP when this happened was to say it was “wonderful” that Kiewit can walk away from a 35 year contract because they are so overwhelmed with work.
Today the shipyard remains closed.
“Keeping the House closed so they do not have to answer direct questions on the future of the shipyard is not leadership,” says Michael.
“It appears the Dunderdale Conservatives are willing to do nothing to help advance the shipbuilding industry on the Burin Peninsula.
“It is a sad state of affairs.”