NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) is comparing what the cost of continuing the Family Violence Intervention Court would be compared to other spending choices the government makes – including a trade mission to China which spent 40 per cent of the court’s total annual budget in just ten days on the road this spring.
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John's Centre.
MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, this government spends $1 million a day on Muskrat Falls. It once gave luxury car company Rolls-Royce $500,000. Government's spring trade mission to China cost $202,000, and that was for only ten days.
Members of the provincial NDP caucus have voted to support a motion introduced by Justice critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre), despite a government amendment which weakened its original intent. Rogers’ private member’s resolution calling on government to consider reinstating the Family Violence Intervention Court was amended to urge focusing on preventative measures.
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.
MS ROGERS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
The minister said he cut the Family Violence Intervention Court because it only had twenty-six cases last year, but his numbers were based on only half the year. By the end of the fiscal year, there were forty-four cases.
NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says rising crime rates are a very real concern in rural Newfoundland, despite assurances to the contrary received from government last week in the House of Assembly. Since she raised the issue on Thursday of last week, she has been made aware of at least one town which has written government with their concerns.
NDP Justice critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says discontinuing the valuable work of the Family Violence Intervention Court was a bad decision, made hastily in a kneejerk reaction to budget demands.
Tomorrow she is giving the government the opportunity to reconsider that error.