June 1, 2018
For Immediate Release

PC Opposition Used Spring Legislative Session to Focus on Fixing a Broken System, Protecting People

Dave Brazil, Leader of the Official Opposition, said, “The PC Opposition used the spring session of the Legislature to focus on fixing a broken system and protecting people.”

“In the face of serious concerns about systemic harassment, we pressed for stronger harassment-free workplace procedures while also pressing for democratic reform to open up the political process so more people will get involved in shaping our future,” said Brazil.

“We also called for the defence of Newfoundland and Labrador’s interests in the face of harsh decisions such as the cutting of surf clam quotas and the local jobs they support.”

“Faced with a budget that warned people to brace for the loss of jobs, income, investment and population, we called for tax relief to spur economic growth. More than 300 tax and fee increases the Liberals imposed in 2016 remain in place – including taxes on insurance, gas, retail sales and income – and that burden is crushing families, employers, communities and opportunities. We suggested not only tax relief but ideas for improved fiscal management.”

“We focused a spotlight on things the Liberals have hidden, such as their plans to impose a new carbon tax sometime this year on all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and their plans to protect people from any consequences that might come from marijuana legalization,” said Brazil.

“While offering criticism and alternatives, we also commended the government on certain initiatives we supported, including the new harassment policy for the public service, measures to protect people from family violence, and plans for the new adult mental health and addictions facility, among others.”

“This spring, our Party elected a new Leader, Ches Crosbie, and I was privileged to become the Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Assembly. Together, all of us as Progressive Conservatives are focused on offering Newfoundlanders and Labradorians an alternative approach to governance that’s more in touch with people and an alternative economic policy that will create the conditions for the kind of growth our province needs,” he said.

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Media Contact: Heather MacLean, Director of Operations and Communications
Office of the Official Opposition
(709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca