On January 1, 2017, Newfoundland and Labrador will become the only province in Canada to tax books. This will discourage book sales, hurting local bookstores, publishers and authors. We have one of the lowest literacy rates in Canada. The other provinces don't tax books: they know how important it is to encourage reading and literacy.
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.
The minimum wage has only gone up by 50 cents an hour since 2010.
Government appointed a committee to review the minimum wage, then ignored the committee's recommendations to adjust for lost purchasing power and for inflation annually.
The NDP caucus asked the House of Assembly to bring in those recommendations. Both Liberals and Tories voted against this motion.