For immediate release
August 18, 2020
As the province prepares to swear in a new unelected Liberal premier and his cabinet, NDP Leader Alison Coffin says that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve to know exactly how much worse off they will be. The day after he won the Liberal leadership, the Premier-designate told a national media outlet that everything was on the table as he prepares to amputate. We are talking about the programs and services that everyday people care about.
“The people of the province want to know what Premier-designate Furey is going to cut as he ‘plugs holes’ in his ‘damage control’ exercise,” Coffin said today. “Will he cut home care hours? Long term care beds for our seniors? Affordable housing? Ferries?
“The last time an inexperienced Liberal premier tried to deal with a fiscal crisis, he charged us a levy, and tried to close our libraries.” Coffin says it’s clear the new Premier has no plan to deal with priorities of everyday people. The first glimpse of badly-thought-out Liberal cuts happened on Monday when the Liberal government disqualified thousands of students from school bus service.
“Making 6000 families find alternate ways for their children to get to school is just the first sign of how people in this province will be affected by the decisions of the new Liberal Premier,” says Coffin. “The people of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve to know how bad things are going to get.”
For more information, contact Eddy St. Coeur, Director of Communications, NDP Caucus