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Thursday, January 14, 2016

January 14, 2016

For Immediate Release

 

Open the House to Debate “Unprecedented” Fiscal Challenges

 

Recognizing the unprecedented fiscal situation, Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said Premier Ball should open the House of Assembly to allow elected members to engage in a debate to discuss the fiscal challenges of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

“The Liberals' consultation plan will not result in concrete action until 2017. We need to be debating and working out long-range strategies now, well before the 2016 Budget is finalized. Newfoundland and Labrador cannot wait until 2017 for a long-range plan,” said Davis. “Our Caucus is prepared to be constructive in offering solutions, and the people’s House is a forum to debate the options openly, and for government to be accountable.”

 

Davis said, “The Liberals promised the House would be open so important issues would be raised and questions would be answered in a timely fashion – but the House is not open and pressing questions and options are not being addressed in time to inform the 2016 Budget planning process.”

 

“The Liberals have consistently advocated for longer sittings of the House of Assembly and for a greater role of elected members. Everyone remembers the Liberals in opposition calling for the early opening of the House year after year. The House of Assembly has not been in session for 7 months. It is more important than ever to open the House early this year when the fiscal situation is unlike any the province has ever faced and requires difficult decisions and long-range planning. Elected members from all parties should be engaged in this process," Davis added.

 

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Media Contact:

Heather MacLean

Director of Communications

Office of the Official Opposition

(709) 729 6105

heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

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