NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) insists the Premier should have gone directly to the Auditor General to investigate questions around Nalcor’s payment of $1.4 million to a CEO who said in public he was resigning.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP MHAs Lorraine Michael (St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) and Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) say the Premier should bring the Auditor General in to investigate the many questions and uncertainties swirling around payments made to former Nalcor CEO Ed Martin, who left the Crown Corporation abruptly just over a month ago.

 
NDP Critic for the Status of Women Gerry Rogers

The NDP Critic for the Status of Women wants to see what exactly were the results of the gender analyses the Minister says were applied to recent government legislation. Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) asked for those results today in the House of Assembly.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) thinks the Liberals’ oft-repeated claims of having done budget populations with 500,000 people (meaning all the people in the province) need to be down-sized.

Michael’s questions in the House of Assembly today focused on the turmoil Budget 2016 has caused in the K-12 school system.

 

A government amendment completely reversed the original intent of an NDP private member’s motion, so NDP MHAs found themselves in the unusual position of being forced to vote “nay” on their own Private Member’s Day. House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) had tabled the motion, which would have given all members of the House a chance to vote against the Liberal Levy.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) has a Private Member’s Motion today in the House of Assembly and she’s calling on the premier to allow a free vote. If approved, the motion would immediately eliminate the levy, which has been the focal point for some of the most outraged protests of an unpopular budget.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Today in the House of Assembly, MHAs have the opportunity to vote for or against dropping the idea of an unfair levy on the province’s taxpayers. The Liberal Levy has sparked outrage throughout the province.

 
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.

 

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