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Ches Crosbie reflected on his first legislative sitting as the Leader of the Official Opposition, saying the Progressive Conservative Caucus spent the six-week sitting endeavouring to hold the Ball government to a higher standard of accountability...
Monday, December 10, 2018

St. John’s, NL (December 5, 2018) – Ches Crosbie reflected on his first legislative sitting as the Leader of the Official Opposition, saying the Progressive Conservative Caucus spent the six-week sitting endeavouring to hold the Ball government to a higher standard of accountability while demanding tax relief for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

The legislative sitting commenced with the tabling of reports on harassment allegations against members.

“Recognizing the serious inadequacies of the current approach, our Caucus brought forward a resolution earlier in the year, calling for a new Legislature-Specific Harassment Policy to replace it, and we are looking forward to the Legislature’s Privileges and Elections Committee finalizing that new policy in the year to come,” said Crosbie.

The legislative sitting was also dominated by questions about accountability and the tax burden on Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

“The Ball Liberals continually refused to answer our questions about its $40 million tax holiday for a cannabis company and the deal that company has with a numbered company whose owners are unknown but reportedly may have Liberal Party ties.  Not getting answers, we have called for the Auditor General to inquire into the deal,” said Crosbie.

“We continually pressed the government to reduce the burden of taxes on people and employers, which has been crushing our economy since 2016, but the government resisted.  The Ball Liberals instead chose to turn their temporary gas tax into a permanent carbon tax that will not reduce greenhouse gases or protect the environment.  The Liberals also resisted our call to eliminate the insurance tax,” said Crosbie.

“We will continue to hold the government to account and consult with people to develop a policy platform that offers Newfoundlanders and Labradorians a solid alternative in 2019,” he said.

 

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