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Liberals Ignore People, Pass Bad Budget

“Liberal Members voted in unison on Tuesday to pass a Budget that has already cost the province its credit rating and will smother the economy, kill jobs, cut students’ education, close libraries, throw seniors out of nursing home beds, raise taxes and fees, impose a levy, and enact a host of other measures that will leave Newfoundlanders and Labradorians worse off,” said Keith Hutchings, Opposition Finance Critic.

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Opening Door to Bee Pathogens

Steve Kent, Agrifoods Critic for the Official Opposition, is condemning the recklessness of the Ball government for opening the door to the very pathogens that are destroying bee colonies around the world and jeopardizing the agricultural industries that depend on bee pollination.

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Statement Calls Into Question Honesty of Premier, Minister

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said information in a statement released on Monday by former Nalcor CEO Ed Martin calls into question the honesty of Premier Dwight Ball and Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady with respect to statements made on severance to the former CEO of Nalcor.

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Liberals Wrong About Budget Impact on Seniors

Davis said, “The real issue here is that the government is focusing on the Seniors’ Benefit without mentioning the choices they have made that are hurting seniors, such as eliminating the home heating rebate and the HST rebate while imposing a raft of fee and tax increases, including the gas tax, the HST increase, the insurance tax increase, the personal income tax increase, the levy that still affects many, and cuts to long-term care, health care, mental health care, dental care and so forth. This Budget is not good for seniors, and we urge Liberal members to stand with the people of the province in rejecting it.”

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Ottawa's Action Not Good Enough

Keith Hutchings, Finance Critic for the Official Opposition, said, “Ottawa’s best effort to come to Premier Ball’s rescue is simply not good enough, when Newfoundland and Labrador is still getting just $32 million out of an equalization pool of $18 billion. Delaying our repayment of an old Equalization overpayment is something that should have been identified during provincial budget preparation and not when polling numbers are declining, and it still leaves our people bearing a crushing burden of taxes, fees and cutbacks to core services,” he said. “And, of course, the deferred payments will still come due in the future.”

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Liberals Feared Split on Levy Vote

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said a Liberal Cabinet minister brought forward an amendment to substantially change a resolution on the government's levy out of fear that the Liberal caucus would suffer an even greater division on the free vote.

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