NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government’s apparent inability to gauge the effects of its actions will have a catastrophic impact on students served by the School Lunch Program this fall.

“All decisions have a ripple effect, or in the case of the School Lunch Program, it could be a tsunami,” Michael said in the House of Assembly.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

The NDP caucus’s first private member’s motion since the provincial election will give all MHAs the chance to vote to immediately eliminate the levy that is one of the most unpopular measures in an extremely unpopular budget. The motion will be tabled in the House of Assembly on Monday and debated on Wednesday afternoon.

 
St. John's Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers

NDP St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers had two demands for government today: Let the people of the province know when the vote on the budget will take place, and take the time to consider the particularly devastating impact of Budget 2016 on women.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

It’s a question the Advanced Education and Skills Minister couldn’t answer, but NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) finally got a response today during the finance estimates.

 
St. John's Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers

In this year’s budget speech, government admitted that the drastic measures it contains will be a big part of the province’s projected economic slowdown over the next few years.

Today in the House of Assembly, St. John’s Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers went looking for answers on whether government had any ideas at all on creating jobs in the province.

 
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.

 
St. John's Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers

St. John’s Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers hosted a wildly successful town hall last night, and brought some of the most pressing concerns raised there to the House of Assembly today. Rogers says seniors, in particular, are deeply concerned about coping with the punitive austerity measures in Budget 2016.

 

St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says a town hall she is hosting tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 4) will truly engage people in discussion on the 2016 provincial budget and may even come up with some suggestions for government.

“We'll look at a number of issues, how they are affected by the budget, and explore what we can do as a community,” said Rogers.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Residents of the province are already facing an increase in the price of necessities such as food, says NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi VIdi), and if a Federal Court action launched by Oceanex is successful, prices will increase even more.

 

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.

 

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