It’s been deferred for months but a straggling NDP finally gets a chance for renewal. But will it be enough?
“When it comes to politics, we need more Lorraine Michaels, in the House of Assembly and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.”
What progressives can learn from the Scottish referendum
Newfoundland and Labrador may be a so-called ‘have’ province, but despite the record corporate profits from our natural resource industries, thousands of minimum wage workers are living on or below the poverty line
Evidence of nefarious advocacy work cited as cause
It may have been a close race, but the Virgina Waters by-election win is momentous for the provincial Liberals
Former premier joins party she feels best reflects her values
A little rant on floor crossing
Amidst mounting tension on Confederation Hill and throughout the province, the Dunderdale administration is seeing the backlash to its own austerity program. Current efforts to manage dissent are being met with growing resistance. In whose hands does the future of Newfoundland and Labrador reside?
Failure to allow debate and dialogue will have far greater consequences than this government realizes
Mumbo Jumbo and Fuddle Duddle – as synonyms go, here comes trouble! A column not in defense of the Muskrat Falls protesters in Lake Melville but in defense of decent dissent in politics – “I might not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll fight to the death your right to say it”
The Sept. 15 nation-wide protests were held 48 hours before Parliament resumed. It is expected the Harper administration will push through further cuts to social services and public sector jobs in another omnibus budget bill.
Brandon has a few insights into the Quebec election, how it could have been different, and the lessons we can learn from Quebec (and other mature democracies)
Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair fielded questions from the press late Wednesday morning after his party’s first closed-door session at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s.
The federal NDP’s caucus meetings in St. John’s began Wednesday morning with a moment of silence to pay respect to the victims of last night’s shooting in Montreal and their families.
Many would rather forget about the fishery. The responsible among us know we dare not.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government is going to post an unexpected surplus this fiscal year $755.8 million, and NDP leader Lorraine Michael is criticizing Finance Minister Tom Marshall’s announcement that it will be used to service the province’s debt. “Everybody is supposed to be very pleased with it, yet they just see it as an opportunity to put more money down on the debt,” said Michael. The NDP say that the $755 million should be used to pay for seniors’ needs, municipal infrastructure, and secondary education. Newfoundland’s debt currently sits at $8.7 billion. If you had credit card debt of $8,700, and you unexpectedly came across $755.80, what would YOU do? Consider the interest payments you would probably save in the long term on almost a billion dollars. Source: CBC
The federal NDP has acknowledged it broke the rules when it launched a Jack Layton memorial fundraising campaign after their leader passed away in August. The NDP campaigned on behalf of the Broadbent Institute, a left-leaning think thank; the Canada Elections Act strictly prohibits political parties from soliciting donations on behalf of any entity other than the party itself, one of its candidates, a leadership contestant or a district association. The party admitted it broke the rules, and has returned the money to all contributors. The commissioner of elections, William Corbett, said that in letting the party off so easily, he took into account that it acknowledged and accepted responsibility for its breaches, co-operated with his office and took corrective action within days of starting the campaign. Source: CTV News
Kieran Hanley explores how the Liberals went from governing to 6% support in St. John’s in just 9 years
New Democratic Party candidate Julie Mitchell lost the Burin-Placentia West seat to PC Clyde Jackman by 40 votes in the election, and now there will be a hearing to decide if there should be a recount. In an application to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, Mitchell claims some ballots weren’t scrutinized as they were counted. Her application also claims that in three cases, people who don’t live in the district voted there by special ballot. A hearing regarding the NDP application will be held in November. Source: CBC