What is actually being cut in this budget?
First Nations leaders, community groups and residents march in Corner Brook, call on Liberals to rescind austerity budget.
The province’s poor fiscal standing presents us with a real opportunity to discuss and debate some important policy issues, such as fair taxation, a new health accord, a guaranteed national income, and more.
Size of province’s public sector must shrink “to cut the costs of an institution this province cannot afford to operate — that is, until we see an increase in the price of oil.”
The province needs to cut spending and raise taxes. But by how much?
Two words: Danny Williams.
Yet our politicians tell us we all must pay.
Can the province’s new Liberal government deliver a “stronger tomorrow”, or will incoming Premier Dwight Ball build on the dangerous legacy left by Danny Williams and the PCs?
Official government projections for provincial oil royalties look bleak. We must adjust to life after the boom.
After reaping upward of $20 billion in offshore oil revenues in a decade, we have little to show for government’s reckless spending. After years of great promises wrapped in fierce pride, the PCs have placed us in worse fiscal straits than before they took office.
A looming deficit is no justification for making awful decisions.
One Labradorian pokes holes in the provincial government’s Northern Strategic Plan as falling short of providing adequate investments to promote growth in Labrador. Not only does the oil boom not contribute to Labrador development, the Labrador boom fails to as well.
While most eyes in Newfoundland and Labrador will be focused on provincial politics, news from Ottawa this Fall will likely come fast and furious. After years of hoping and planning, the Conservatives are expected to act now on many of their initiatives that were derailed due to the politics of minority government. However, with a majority, hot topics the Fall are expected to include: the redistribution of seats in the House adding 30 more ridings; the passing of new crime and punishment measures; the elimination or diminishing of the Wheat Board and Long Gun Registry; the issues surrounding Canada’s need to reduce its deficit; and the future of the Senate. Many of these issues will be directly relevant to Federal/Provincial relations, so keep an eye out for how the House of Commons’ agenda will affect the races here back home.