Education and Early Childhood Development Critic Lorraine Michael is concerned about an amendment to the Schools Act that may disadvantage the inclusion of children with disabilities.

 

The NDP Caucus is looking for support from other members of the House of Assembly for a Private Member’s Motion urging government to create an all-party Select Committee on Jobs to address the growing unemployment crisis in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Today in Question Period, Leader Gerry Rogers asked the Premier about the unusual lack of a Request for Proposals to supply cannabis in the province leading to the deal with Canopy Growth.

Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) asked the Premier why exactly a RFP wasn’t issued for the supply of cannabis.

 

Leader Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) asked questions in the House of Assembly on issues facing LGBTQ2S youth on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Rogers says in our province, rates of suicide, dropping out of school, and homelessness are highest among LGBTQ2S youth.

 

The NDP Caucus is questioning why government has introduced a Private Member’s Motion when government already has the power to deal with protracted labour disputes.

The NDP Caucus has been calling on government to act on the recommendation of the Voisey’s Bay Industrial Inquiry to allow for binding arbitration to settle disputes where collective bargaining has truly failed.

 

The NDP Caucus says government’s April 1 minimum wage increase of 15 cents an hour does nothing to lift full time minimum wage earners above the poverty line.

 

The NDP Caucus says the doubling up of ministerial portfolios is shortchanging the people of the province as urgent matters continue regarding strained labour relations and cuts to post-secondary education.

 

NDP Leader and Health Critic Gerry Rogers is celebrating the essential contributions of nurses to our health care system during National Nursing Week, May 7-13, while echoing the Registered Nurses’ Union’s comments that we need a provincial approach to deal with violence against health care workers.

 

NDP Leader Gerry Rogers will visit the locked out D-J Composites workers in Gander on the picket line today. Rogers will meet with workers at 1:30 p.m.

Rogers says yesterday marked 500 days that these workers have been locked out.

 

The NDP Leader has written to the Speaker of the House of Assembly to request that the House Management Commission convene a special meeting on the inadequacy of the Code of Conduct, as well as undertake developing a comprehensive anti-harassment policy that is tailored specifically for elected officials, caucuses, and political staff.

 

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