Office of the Official Opposition

Wakeham outraged Liberals closing House of Assembly after just seven days



For Immediate Release

(March 13, 2024, St. John’s): PC Party Leader Tony Wakeham (MHA, Stephenville – Port au Port) is outraged the Furey Liberals have suddenly announced they will be closing the House of Assembly today after just seven sitting days, leaving no forum for public accountability for the rest of this week into next week while crises in the fisheries, health care, housing and affordability grip the province.

“The Furey Liberals are running from our tough questions and are not prepared to govern,” said Wakeham.  “They are not properly serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The legislature’s galleries have been filled with people looking for answers the Furey government cannot give them, and the Liberals don’t like the heat.”

“For the past seven days, they have been embarrassed by our questions about their negligence in fisheries management, travel nurse contracting, the storage of unclaimed bodies and more,” he said.  “Ministers have washed their hands of the responsibility for leadership, and the Premier himself has not even been present for much of the time as he continues to traipse all over the globe.”

“They have run out of ideas and plans in just seven days.  Premier Furey in four years has failed to bring forward an economic growth plan, a poverty reduction plan, an education plan, a health care access plan, a food security plan or a fisheries plan.  The legislature is a forum where plans like this can be proposed, debated and legislated, but the Liberals have nothing to bring and nothing to fill the few hours of debate the House is open,” he said.

Wakeham said a government he leads will be accountable to the people in the people’s House and active in implementing wide-ranging plans that have been developed in collaboration with the people they impact.






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