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Reckless to Throw Government into Transition Mode During COVID-19 Crisis
“A crisis is a time for stability and prudent decision making. There will be a time to highlight the concerns we’ve had with prior decisions that this government has made but that time is not now,” said Crosbie.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 
St. John’s, NL (March 19, 2020) – The Liberal Party decision to proceed with their leadership selection on May 9 puts the interest of the Liberal Party ahead of the interest of the public by hurting the provincial government response to the pandemic, PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said today.

“A crisis is a time for stability and prudent decision making. There will be a time to highlight the concerns we’ve had with prior decisions that this government has made but that time is not now,” said Crosbie.

The Liberal decision to choose a new leader in the midst of a public health crisis would set in motion a transition in the Premier’s Office, replacing Premier Ball and his staff with the new leader and his team, and possibly replacing Cabinet ministers.

“Transition of government is disruptive throughout the public service, particularly as new people have to be brought up to speed on everything the government has been doing – from crisis response to public finances to infrastructure to social services to care for children, seniors and the sick, and more. Officials of every department become consumed with preparing briefing notes and holding meetings to bring new people into the loop.”

“The COVID-19 crisis is of unprecedented scope and severity, and justifies yesterday’s announcement of a public health state of emergency made in consultation with the PC Official Opposition. We have established an effective crisis management working relationship with Premier Ball and key ministers, through the Joint Public Health Response Committee, which will now be thrown into turmoil,” Crosbie said.
 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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