Liberals hosting public consultations
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.