Lib­er­als host­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions

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The Op­po­si­tion Lib­eral party will hold pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions through­out the prov­ince in the next cou­ple of months. The party is pre­par­ing for the re­open­ing of the leg­is­la­ture in March.

Act­ing Op­po­si­tion Leader Kelvin Par­sons said “ This is the fi­nal sit­ting of the House of Assem­bly be­fore this fall’s pro­vin­cial gen­eral elec­tion, and we want to make sure our pol­icy stances are well-in­formed and our lines of ques­tion­ing are ra­zor sharp as we ful­fill our role of hold­ing the govern­ment to ac­count.”

For­mer Labrador City Mayor Gra­ham Letto will chair the con­sul­ta­tions.

Mr. Par­sons in­di­cated the ses­sions will gather in­put from groups and in­di­vid­u­als on ev­ery as­pect of pub­lic pol­icy, in­clud­ing health care, the econ­omy, ru­ral devel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, the fish­eries and nat­u­ral re­sources.

He in­sisted while the in­for­ma­tion ob­tained will be used to help the Op­po­si­tion pre­pare for the House, it won’t be for par­ti­san pur­poses.

“ What­ever peo­ple want to talk about, we’re here to lis­ten. As Canada’s new­est ‘ have’ prov­ince it’s im­por­tant we re-ex­am­ine our needs, re­sources and pri­or­i­ties and work to­wards a pros­per­ous and fair fu­ture for all. With the in­put of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans, we in­tend to use our role as the of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion to raise is­sues and make the points that will help this prov­ince be­come ev­ery­thing it can be.”

The first con­sul­ta­tions will be held on the North­ern Penin­sula, start­ing in St. An­thony and Rod­dic­ton, to­mor­row Jan. 19. They will con­tinue on the west coast un­til Corner Brook Jan. 25.

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