NDP focuses on jobs as House of Assembly re-opens
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.
“Last week the Premier presented what he called a vision statement, which says nothing about job creation objectives,” she said in Question Period.“I ask the Premier, after a year in power, what plans does government have – what is his vision – to address this job crisis?”
She continued, saying, “In his mandate letter to himself, the Premier says ‘building a stronger, smarter economy requires diversification, job creation and growth. I ask the Premier, after a year in power, can he point to any diversification, job creation or growth?”
St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers continued with questions related to the recent closure of a sizeable manufacturing concern in her district.
“In September, our community was shocked by Scotsburn’s announcement they were closing their ice cream plant in St. John’s Centre, losing over 170 well-paying jobs,” she said in the House of Assembly.
Rogers asked if the Premier or any of his Ministers had met with Scotsburn management to see whether anything could be done to address the company’s concerns and prevent the loss of these valuable jobs.
“It’s not enough to sit idly by and watch well-paid manufacturing jobs disappear,” says Rogers. “This province needs every job we can get, and government must play a part in getting and keeping those jobs here.”