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PC Opposition Could Not Support Flawed Budget
PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said the Official Opposition could not vote in support of a flawed Budget...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (June 26, 2019) – PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said the Official Opposition could not vote in support of a flawed Budget that the Ball Liberals stubbornly refused to amend even though the electorate has called for changes. The PC Opposition voted against the Liberal budget knowing that the minority Government had enough votes to pass the budget and remain in office. 

A Budget vote is a confidence motion.  The loss of a confidence vote – which is possible in a minority parliament – would bring down the government and could cause a sudden election if another party is unable to win the confidence of the House.

In view of the recency of the May general election, the PC Official Opposition voted together against the flawed Budget while preserving the Government in office.

“The Official Opposition could not in good conscience vote to support the Budget. Without changes, the 2019 Budget will mean higher taxes than our people and economy can bear, leading to further job losses and population losses when we ought to be growing like the other provinces. Without changes, the Liberal Budget takes Newfoundland and Labrador further down the road of decline while leaving school children unsafe and people in need without proper support. How could we support such a thing?”

“The people of the province want the parties to work together – something the Ball Liberals have refused to do – but we are not ready to give up trying.  We will press the government to work with us, starting immediately, on the 2020 Budget.”

“In the meantime, we will continue to press the government to identify ways and means – within the current Budget envelope – to address some of the people’s urgent priorities that the 2019 Budget neglects. For example, we have identified sufficient contingency funding in this year’s Budget to cover insulin pumps for all people with Type 1 Diabetes and provide school busing this September for children who live within 1.6 kilometres of school and cannot walk to school safely.”

“If the government continues to show inflexibility and an unwillingness to collaborate in the lead-up to Budget 2020, and if the people of the province tell us they are dissatisfied with the outcome, then we will listen to the people and vote accordingly.”

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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