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.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) sees more questions than answers in the fall-out from government’s broadside at a Crown Corporation in the budget speech, which she feels sparked the resignation of Nalcor’s CEO Ed Martin and the entire Board.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

In her budget speech, Newfoundland and Labrador’s finance minister spelled out the harm the budget will cause the province’s economy. Today, in the House of Assembly, the NDP caucus demanded answers from government.

 
St. John's Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers

The Liberals seem to have entirely reversed their stand on almost everything that was in their election platform last fall. St. John’s Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers cut through some of the new jargon today in Question Period in the provincial House of Assembly.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Government seems to have delayed introduction of its long-promised, much-talked-about legislation creating the province’s Independent Appointments Commission. Whenever it does show up for debate in the House of Assembly, the NDP caucus is ready to propose amendments.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP MHAs Lorraine Michael (St. John's East-Quidi Vidi) and Gerry Rogers (St. John's Centre) sat with School Council members from Holy Cross Junior High School, Whitbourne Elementary, Sacred Heart All Grade (Conche) and Long Island Academy on Saturday as they listened to the results of the secret vote of an unelected Board of Trustees to close their schools.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) is inviting residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to sign a petition against the most regressive move in the most regressive budget this province has ever seen.

 

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