Corner Brook

MR. SPEAKER: The Leader of the Third Party.

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

I could not believe my ears yesterday when the Premier said what she is not going to do is continue to have waste, extravagance, and poor spending.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Oh, oh!

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

 
St. John's East MHA George Murphy

A couple of NDP members of the House of Assembly are taking advantage of the break in House sittings to hear budget reaction first-hand from the people of the province. Town Halls are set for Stephenville, Corner Brook and Gander.

 

Today in the House of Assembly NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi) continued to question government about their handling of the crisis in Corner Brook.

While a framework for assistance has been worked between Government and Kruger, this information has not been made public.

 

Today in the House of Assembly NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi) asked the government to get more involved with planning a way forward for the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill.

 

NDP Labour critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) had harsh words for a statement issued by Natural Resources minister Jerome Kennedy following the announcement that workers at Kruger’s Corner Brook Pulp and Paper mill had voted against a company request for an extension on repayment of pension liabilities.

 

NDP Labour Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is concerned about the financial well-being of hundreds of retired paper mill workers. About 500 former and current employees of Kruger-owned Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and its predecessor Bowater have been told the company wants to make changes to their pensions.

 

NDP MHA Dale Kirby (St. John’s North) is in Corner Brook today, meeting with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper workers. Kirby will also be meeting with students at the local college and university campuses.

 

Two NDP MHAs want to know what residents of the province are concerned about – and they’re hitting the road to speak to people directly.

 

NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says weekend news stories emphasize the urgent need for a division of government dedicated to the problems people everywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador are having finding places to live.

 

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