Bill 29

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the taxpayers of the province have a right to know how their money is being spent, and that if companies don’t want payment amounts made public, they should think twice about bidding on a tender.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the planned review of the province’s Access to Information and Privacy Protection Act must include the loophole that allows corporations from outside the province to block people from knowing how tax dollars are being spent.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she is taken completely aback by assertions from government members, including the interim premier, that they will have to consult and investigate to determine what it is that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador don’t like about Bill 29.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says that if government plans to start listening to the people of the province, the best place to start would be by repealing Bill 29.

Michael led a historic filibuster against the legislation in June 2012. The bill effectively blocked access to information about much of the way government conducts its affairs.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) was looking for information about information today. Government has repeatedly said opposition parties have all the information they need on Muskrat Falls, the premier apparently reversed herself yesterday while talking to reporters.

 
NDP Environment and Conservation critic George Murphy

NDP Environment and Conservation critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) wants to know if the province’s controversial access to information laws will block public knowledge of the chemicals that will be used should hydraulic fracturing go ahead in the province.

 

NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) wrapped up Right to Know Week with a call for the current Justice Minister to do the right thing and bring the legislation back to the House of Assembly for some much-needed revision.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) said if government is committed to openness and transparency they should post information from all air quality school inspections on the government website.

 

September 23-28 is Right to Know Week in Canada, and members of the NDP caucus are calling on government to bring Bill 29 back to the House of Assembly for a much-needed overhaul.

 

NDP MHA Dale Kirby (St. John’s North) says government continues to use Bill 29 to keep information from the public, and can cite examples from two different departments for which he is his caucus’s official critic.

 

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