MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.
MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, we are facing the worst housing crisis in our Province’s history and the victims are growing. The sexual exploitation report that government tried to hide for years told us of young people having to sell their bodies for sex so they could have a place to sleep.
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says government has abandoned its Poverty Reduction Strategy and as a result thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will remain unable to benefit from the economic boom times in the province.
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know what has happened to the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, which was at one time a major talking point for most of the government’s ministers, but which this year is absent from the AES annual report.
NDP Advanced Education and Skills critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says the province should have come up with a better way to mark the public college system’s 50th anniversary than a series of college program cuts.
The NDP Critic for Advanced Education and Skills says people with disabilities are still waiting for word on funding for the school year. Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says peoples’ lives remain in limbo while they wait for word from the department.
NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) wants to know why, if the province’s Medical Transportation Assistance policy has not been drastically changed, she is hearing from so many people forced to miss doctors’ appointments because the Department of Advanced Education and Skills says they are no longer eligible for coverage they had been receiving.