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NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is alarmed by the announcement today of a $40 million deal with Canopy Growth Corporation to operate a production facility in the province to supply up to 8,000 kg of cannabis a year and sell its products.

 

The NDP Critic for Environment says Grieg’s massive aquaculture project is based on increasingly controversial methods and government wants to both allow it and invest $45 million of the people’s money to do it.

Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says Norway, Iceland, and Denmark are moving to land-based aquaculture, as are Nova Scotia and BC.

 

In recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the NDP Caucus is pushing government for answers on issues including an affordable childcare strategy, pay equity, and multi-year support for crucial women’s programming. The NDP Caucus has also called for a task force on violence against women and girls.

 

The NDP Education Critic says parents are anxious and concerned waiting for much-needed updates on the future of Bishop Feild Elementary School in downtown St. John’s. In October, a section of the school’s roof collapsed. Students are temporarily attending the former School for the Deaf on Topsail Road but the timeline for returning to the building remains uncertain.

 

Gerry Rogers, MHA for St. John’s Centre, is in Ottawa today to participate in the Prime Minister of Canada’s apology to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit people living in Canada.

The apology is part of recognizing the historically unjust treatment of LGBTQ2 people through federal legislation, programs, and policy.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is questioning the timeline for the Muskrat Falls Inquiry, announced today, taking issue with the report deadline of Dec. 31, 2019, which will be after the next general election.

“The Premier says he wants to get answers for the people. I have to question why he doesn’t want those answers prior to the next election,” said Michael.

 

NDP Mental Health and Addictions Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) is raising concerns about government’s new proposed legislation on prescription monitoring, specifically the lack of consultation on the final bill and the less than 24 hours provided to members of the House of Assembly for review.

 

Today in the House of Assembly, the NDP Caucus asked questions about government’s Fall Fiscal and Economic Update. The Finance Minister said today that his plan is to target agencies, boards, and commissions, including health authorities and school boards, to find savings.

 

The NDP Caucus is looking for support from other members of the House of Assembly for a Private Member’s Motion that would involve a review of the province’s health care system.

 

Recent reports have raised serious concerns about Newfoundland Power pressuring landlords to disclose tenants’ personal information to them, resulting in tenants having their power cut off. The Liberal government’s cancellation of the Home Heating Rebate Program in 2016 has further exacerbated the challenges for low-income people struggling to keep up payments on their power bills.

 

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