Budget

Today in the House of Assembly, the NDP Caucus asked questions about government’s Fall Fiscal and Economic Update. The Finance Minister said today that his plan is to target agencies, boards, and commissions, including health authorities and school boards, to find savings.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government is just paying lip service to pressing needs in the school system while doing as little as possible to fix the problem.

“The $500,000 announced in the budget for student assistants falls far short of what is needed for inclusive education,” said Michael.

 
St. John's Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers

NDP St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers had two demands for government today: Let the people of the province know when the vote on the budget will take place, and take the time to consider the particularly devastating impact of Budget 2016 on women.

 

St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says a town hall she is hosting tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 4) will truly engage people in discussion on the 2016 provincial budget and may even come up with some suggestions for government.

“We'll look at a number of issues, how they are affected by the budget, and explore what we can do as a community,” said Rogers.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the 2013 provincial budget will have a devastating effect on the provincial economy. Today in the House of Assembly, Michael wanted to know how much analysis the province had done before deciding on the layoffs.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) asked government in the House of Assembly today, on the fourth anniversary of the Cougar 491 tragedy, about recommendations made by Judge Robert Wells.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the mid-year financial update released today raises serious concerns about the provincial government’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Today, in the same press release, government claimed it was unable to predict the provincial economy nine months in advance, but then also claimed that the benefits of Muskrat Falls will still be flowing fifty years from now.

 

NDP Advanced Education and Skills critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) brought concerns about the future of a training program for licensed practical nurses to the House of Assembly today.

 

For immediate release
May 29, 2012

 

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