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NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the new Liberal government talks a lot about transparency but does not reflect the talk in its actions.

 
NDP St. Johns

George Murphy, the NDP MHA for St. John’s East, says government should have used all the information it had available to predict oil prices when determining the provincial budget.

He cites PIRA Energy Group as an example. In budget documents, government mentioned that it had consulted with PIRA to estimate an oil price for budgetary purposes.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) was looking for clearer answers from government today regarding what the fallout will be from the drastically revised provincial budget picture announced by the finance minister this morning.

 
NDP St. John's East MHA George Murphy

The pension plan agreement announced today by government and public service unions reflects a lot of hard work from people on both sides, says MHA George Murphy (St. John’s East) and all concerned should be commended for the work they put in on the deal.

 
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) wants government to extend the home heating rebate to tenants who have heating costs included in their rent.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the current Finance minister’s willingness to entertain a proposal to open a casino in the province not only flies in the face of past government policy, it raises concerns about the existing treatment options for people with gambling addictions.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says government should have been more transparent about an audit it is paying $700,000 for – and it should not have sloughed off as “housekeeping” legislation currently under debate that may affect this audit.

 
NDP Leader and Finance Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says government has apparently forgotten its promise to help people addicted to gambling on Video Lottery Terminals. The machines turn huge profits for both bar owners and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, which is owned by the governments of the four Atlantic provinces.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the Auditor General’s report reflects a government that has not taken its responsibilities seriously. Michael points out that several of the cases highlighted by the AG are long-standing problems, and substantive action should have been taken on them years ago.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says today’s fiscal update demonstrates the harm inflicted on the province by government’s ill-considered and hasty cutbacks earlier this year.

 

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