Nfld. & Labrador

Paul Davis suggests fall sitting of legislature; leaders talk policy announcements

The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly closed for the summer on Tuesday, and all three party leaders were talking about their plans for announcements over the next few months.
All three party leaders were talking policy and legislation on Tuesday following the last session of the House of Assembly before the summer recess. (CBC)

The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly has closed for the summer, but all three party leaders are talking about their plans for announcements over the next few months as the election campaign heats up.

Following the final session of the House on Tuesday, Premier Paul Davis advised colleagues that he may bring them back to sit in the fall before the election on Nov 30.

Normally with a fall election, the next sitting wouldn't happen until after voters go to the polls. However, Davis says there's still some legislation he wants to pass. 

"It's not unusual to go to the end of the term and still have business that you're still working on, that you're continuing the progress but you haven't been able to get completed," he said.

"So there's a couple of matters as well in the hopper that I'd give consideration — if there was an opportunity to complete those."

One example Davis gave as something his party may pursue is legislation that would see the child and youth advocate notified when there is a critical incident involving a child in the care of the province.

Liberals, NDP talking policy

The leaders of the Liberals and the New Democrats were also hinting at policy announcements on Tuesday, saying voters can expect to see some ideas laid out over the next few months.

Voters will go to the polls on Nov. 30 in Newfoundland and Labrador for the next provincial election. (CBC)
The PCs have attacked the Liberals for criticizing government's budget without offering a full policy of their own.

However, after Tuesday's sitting, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball said his party is putting together some plans which they will present over the summer.

"There will be a lot of talk of health care, certainly a lot of talk about the economy, a number of different things," he told reporters.

"There will be some major announcements over the summer as we get closer to the election. We're very proud of the election platform we're putting together."

NDP Leader Earle McCurdy says he's already started canvassing in the district of St. John's West where he wants to run, and that his party is working on its own plans without being influenced by announcements from other leaders.

"Over the course of the summer I wouldn't be surprised if, from time to time, there were some policy items come forward. That's something that is a work in progress," he said.

"Put it this way: it will be driven by our timetable and not by the Liberals'."

With files from Peter Cowan


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