NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) said today the efforts of thousands who have petitioned to stop the closure of schools around Newfoundland and Labrador is increasingly important in light of allegations of fraud against, and subsequent investigations into, employees of the school district and several vendors.

 
St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

With privatization of just about every government operation a possibility in Thursday’s budget, St. John’s Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers asked today about the persistent rumours that the province’s liquor stores – the most profitable part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation – will be for sale for private operators.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) is deeply concerned about the possibilities of increased privatization of government assets and services in this week’s budget. The Government Renewal Initiative, supposedly the blueprint for the Liberal budget, specifically instructed every arm of government to look at the potential for privatization, says Michael.

 

St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says letting the appointed school board to close a small school in her district flies in the face of every principle of equal opportunity. Holy Cross Junior High School is one of five facing closure at a School Board meeting this Saturday.

 
NDP Education critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the unelected school board is apparently preparing to close schools in the province based on faulty reasoning and out-of-date facts.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government must act to prevent the unelected school board closing schools. Michael says parents, students, and school councils have been outspoken in their opposition but the board is refusing to pay attention.

 
NDP Seniors Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Seniors Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says the inevitable increases in electricity prices that will come when Muskrat Falls power comes on line will hit one group of the population especially hard.

That group is the province’s seniors, particularly women, who often have particularly low incomes.

 
NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael

The date the provincial treasury can expect the long-promised boost from
the Muskrat Falls project keeps moving further away. Today in the House of Assembly, NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) asked government to update the House on when that date is now projected to fall.

 
NDP Mental Health Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Mental Health critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) wants to know what is happening with a specialized Adult Basic Education program that was developed to address the very particular requirements of people with mental health challenges.

 

Holy Cross JHS is an important neighbourhood school with programs, community partnerships and extra-curricular activities designed to meet the particular needs of the inner city students who attend it. The appointed, unelected English School Board trustees have proposed to close down Holy Cross Junior High School.

 

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