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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016


For Immediate Release




Liberals Amended Levy Motion Out of Fear


of Larger Caucus Split on Free Vote




Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said a Liberal Cabinet minister brought forward an amendment to substantially change a resolution on the government's levy out of fear that the Liberal caucus would suffer an even greater division on the free vote.




“Clearly the Liberal caucus is divided on the government’s own levy, and today we saw the proof of that,” said Davis.




"The resolution on Wednesday was the only vote on the levy that was not a confidence motion, so Liberals were free to vote against their government – and apparently some intended to do just that. So the Liberals amended the motion in the hope of making it a little more palatable – but even that was not enough to keep their caucus unified,” said Davis.




“The Liberals are in big trouble for their handling of Budget 2016, and the cracks that have been showing for weeks are now getting deeper,” he said.




“Perhaps that is the reason the Liberals are using all-night sittings to rush the Budget votes through as quickly as possible, before things fall apart entirely,” said Davis.




“They ought to listen to the people, cancel the levy and go back to the drawing board, because they have clearly produced a Budget that will do more harm than good. There are better choices, and for the sake of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, they should listen to the people instead of ignoring them.”








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