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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 14, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

 

No Celebrating by the Public on the Ball Liberals’ One-Year Anniversary

 

 

 

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said, “Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are not celebrating the Ball Liberals’ one-year anniversary this December 14th.”

 

 

 

“The vast majority of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are dissatisfied with the Ball Liberals’ governance. There’s a good reason for that. Premier Ball and his team have failed to deliver what they promised, what people expected or what people deserve,” said Davis.

 

 

 

“In their first year, the Liberals broke their promises on tax hikes, job cuts, economic growth and political reform. They slashed health and education services, youth funding, targeted libraries to close and eliminated 24 hour snowclearing. They increased HST, introduced a levy, increased the gas tax and taxes on insurance. They left people far worse off, and lost the confidence of bond agencies and the business community. They failed to deliver a long-term fiscal plan despite repeated promises, and they tried to cover their failure to produce a comprehensive economic growth plan with a “way forward” document that was lacking in vision. Their first budget actually predicts the net loss of more than 30,000 jobs in this province in the next four years – the polar opposite of the growth they promised – and they have no plan to address that.

 

 

 

“The Premier’s style of governance has also left people outraged. Instead of being forthright, he has hidden from scrutiny and fabricated stories that we later learned were untrue – stories about everything from the former Nalcor CEO’s severance, the new CEO’s contract and hydro talks with Quebec to the flag-flying policy and the removal of posters calling on him to resign. Instead of being honest and open, he has developed a reputation for playing with words to hide the truth,” said Davis.

 

 

 

“Even the Liberals’ keystone policies have failed to deliver. Their Seniors’ Advocate lacks the necessary investigative powers of the Child and Youth Advocate, and the new Independent Appointments Commission is nothing but a shield for the Liberal Cabinet, which has given itself the power to ignore IAC recommendations while pretending all their appointees are IAC-recommended, without any reporting mechanism to tell the public the truth. Instead of taking politics out of appointments, the Premier has taken political patronage to new heights, extending not only to the senior ranks of the public service but reaching the province’s most senior nonpolitical post, where he appointed a failed Liberal candidate.

 

 

 

“The Liberals have no one but themselves to blame for their rapid and unprecedented fall from grace during their first year in office. Unfortunately, in the fall sitting, they showed no signs of having learned their lesson, and that makes everyone wary as we head into year two, toward Budget 2017,” added Davis.

 

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Media Contact: Heather MacLean, Director of Operations and Communications

 

Office of the Official Opposition

 

(709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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