Nfld. & Labrador

Occupy protests rally at Confederation Building

About 30 demonstrators waved placards on the steps of Newfoundland and Labrador's legislature Thursday, demanding that the house of assembly re-open soon.
Demonstrators rallied Thursday in St. John's with calls to re-open the house of assembly. (CBC)

About 30 demonstrators waved placards on the steps of Newfoundland and Labrador's legislature Thursday, demanding that the house of assembly re-open soon.

The legislature has not had a regular sitting since last spring's session concluded. Premier Kathy Dunderdale skipped a fall session after winning a solid majority in October's general election, saying that there was not enough legislation to debate.

Occupy N.L., which has maintained a small camp in downtown St. John's since last October, organized the protest.

Participant Terry MacEachern brought a letter to Dunderdale and the 47 other members of the house, demanding that they take their seats.

"We're asking them to do what they're elected to do," MacEachern said.

"We're non-partisan. We believe that people were elected to do the best interests of people, so we're hoping that by this letter, it opens their eyes a little bit."

Demonstrators at the rally called for debate on a wide variety of issues, including the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric megaproject, affordable housing and the future of the fishery.

No date has yet been set for the opening of the spring session, which usually begins in March.