Liberal rookie ejected from legislature
A Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal MHA was ejected from the provincial legislature in St. John's Tuesday for using unparliamentary language.
Marshall Dean, who represents part of Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula, accused the Progressive Conservative government of punishing voters in the Straits-White Bay North for electing a Liberal MHA.
Last week, the Williams government moved an air ambulance that was stationed in St. Anthony in his district in to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.
Dean said Health Minister Jerome Kennedy only pays attention to the Northern Peninsula when it's in his party's interest.
"The minister came to the Northern Peninsula in October and pretended to care about health care issues in the district," said Dean in the legislature.
"We now know it was a show and it took a byelection loss to see how vindictive and deceitful he is."
Dean refused to apologize for his comment, and was told to leave the house of assembly for the rest of the day.
Kennedy said Dean is acting shameful and the statistics show the government moved the aircraft to a place where it will serve the needs of the province more fully.
Residents of the St. Anthony area have held two public rallies to protest government's decision. Local politicians and residents have described the air ambulance move as payback for last October's byelection result.