NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

Budget 2016 has once again cut funding for the province's libraries. This time, the Liberals are closing 54 libraries, almost all of them in rural areas.

The closures leave up to 15% of residents more than a 30-minute drive from a library. Thousands of people -- children, seniors, families, people needing Internet access -- will now be unable to acess a library at all.

St. John's Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers

St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says government may have heard from hundreds of people in preparing the disastrous Budget 2016 but she doubts how much they were listening. With thousands now protesting the budget, she says, government must be willing to listen and make changes.


Earlier today, the Provincial Information and Libraries Resources Board announced that, because of budget cutbacks, it is forced to take the drastic step of closing 54 provincial libraries in the next two years. Up to 15 per cent of the province’s population could find themselves more than 30 minutes drive from the nearest library – in some cases, several hours away.

NDP Education critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) is appalled that the Liberal government apparently plans to make drastic cuts to the cash-strapped libraries system in the province.

NDP Leader and Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says government should be listening to the voices speaking in every corner of the province to support public libraries.

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the provincial library system is becoming increasingly precarious, the result of years of underfunding and neglect.


NDP MHA Dale Kirby (St. John’s North) says there is little for the province to celebrate this year on International Literacy Day. The United Nations-created event falls on Sunday, September 8. Kirby, the NDP critic for both Education and Advanced Education & Skills, says government is failing to support basic and vital components of literacy.


NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) confesses he is baffled as to why government is slashing funding for libraries and other essential tools in the fight for literacy.


MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s North.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!


NDP Advanced Education and Skills Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says that, as International Adult Learners Week draws to a close, there is little good news in the field to report in this province, thanks largely to recent callous and poorly-considered budget cuts.



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