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.

 
NDP Status of Women Critic Gerry Rogers

The NDP Critic for the Status of Women says government is failing the women of the province by refusing to take seriously their many equality concerns. St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says the most recent example is the debate surrounding the Liberals’ flagship legislation to create an independent commission to oversee appointments to government agencies, boards, and commissions.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

If the first bill of a government’s agenda sets the tone for that government’s term, says NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi), then Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can look forward to four years of broken promises, lip service, and the usual political games.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

In a provincial budget that has been criticized from every corner of the province, the single measure most frequently condemned has been the Liberal Levy – a supposedly temporary measure that takes higher percentage amounts from people at the lower end of the income scales.

 

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.

 

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