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MUNL administration must stop law school proposal: Petten
Petten is questioning how Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador can continue to move ahead with a law school given major issues at the university.
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

(February 1, 2022) – Barry Petten, PC Official Opposition Shadow Minister of Education and MHA for Conception Bay South, is questioning how Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador can continue to move ahead with a law school given major issues at the university.

Petten says with infrastructure issues abundant on the main St. John’s campus, an on-going review of the legislation, and specific orders from government not to expand the footprint, the MUNL administration is acting out of the province’s best interest by continuing to pursue the school.

“It is incredible that government has specifically told MUNL not to increase their footprint while a review of the Memorial University Act is underway, but recently released documents prove discussions are well advanced,” said Petten.

“Even the Board of Regents, which should have oversight, has refused to sign off on the plan, despite being asked twice to do so. Yet, MUN Administration pushes on. It is simply unbelievable.”

Petten has repeatedly called for the Auditor General to be allowed to look at the books of MUN as part of a need for more accountability and transparency following revelations last year of a gold plated contract for the President including a $450,000 salary and allowances for tax preparation and a personal trainer.

“Government should have had the new MUN act bought to the floor of the House of Assembly last year,” said Petten.

“If government has no control at MUN, we need legislative changes as soon as possible and full authority to the Auditor General to find out what is going on.”
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