MHA pension cuts, more rural spending priorities: Dwight Ball
The leader of the provincial Liberals promised to scale back the pensions given to MHAs during the party's convention and annual general meeting in Gander over the weekend.
Dwight Ball wouldn't provide details of what changes he would make to the pension program, but said it's clear the current plans are too generous.
"I think it's time to fix this now, you know. MHA pensions, right now as we know, it's a rich pension plan when you compare it to what's out there in the pension market," said Ball.
Ball promised to spend more money from oil revenues in rural parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as cut health care spending without cutting programs.
However, he didn't say how the party intended to accomplish this.
"It's something that obviously we're asked regularly, but when you think about it — just think about elections — when do parties roll out election platforms? They certainly don't roll out election platforms four, five months in advance of an elections when we don't even know yet. An election could be a year away," he said.
The weekend convention brought in more than 300 party members, the largest convention in the last 10 years for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberals.