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Cameron Mercer-Maillet – NDP candidate for Conception Bay South by-election

NDP President Kathleen Connors is pleased to announce that Cameron Mercer-Maillet is the party’s candidate for the District of Conception Bay South in the upcoming by-election.

Mercer-Maillet said he is running for the NDP because it is the only party that puts forward solutions to key issues such as the minimum wage and mental health issues.

“I believe that Lorraine Michael and the New Democratic Party are the only ones speaking up for everyday people,” said Mercer-Maillet.  “I want to be a part of that NDP team and be a strong voice for the people in the District of Conception Bay South.”

For Mercer-Maillet, who is studying at Memorial University, this is his first foray in electoral politics as a candidate.  He is co-chair of MUN NDP, is active with the NDP Youth Caucus and serves as Youth representative on the federal NDP Riding Association of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.

“I have had an interest in the political sphere for some time,” says Mercer-Maillet. “I am looking forward to this opportunity to offer myself to the people of the district and the province.”

Mercer-Maillet says this is an exciting and critical time to be involved in politics in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are important issues in the district and province that require immediate attention, and he said only the NDP is articulating policies that make sense to people.

“There are too many have nots in this province,” he said, including youth, seniors, and people working in low wage jobs. “Despite the unprecedented wealth from our non-renewable oil resources, people are not seeing their fair share.”

 


 

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Join forces to help launch the first ever…

NANCY RICHE FRONT DOOR FORUM!

Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at the Fluvarium

ADMISSION IS FREE! EVERYONE WELCOME!

NIKI ASHTON, NDP MP, Critic for the Status of Women and LANA PAYNE, Atlantic Director, Unifor

BARBARA BYERS, Secretary Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress. Moderator

With music by Colleen Power.

The Nancy Riche Front Door Forum is a public forum to highlight the critical role that women play in our country’s unions and progressive advocacy organizations.

Nancy Riche was a great activist and a mentor to many women in the NDP and the labour movement.

“Nancy never stopped making the link with those of us who struggle for social justice through the labour movement and in the political arena,” said NLFL president Mary Shortall. “We all have the same dream — a fairer and more equal world for all of us.”

“Nancy believed in a better future for all of us,” said NDP Leader Lorraine Michael. “And she believed that with enough work and enough time anything is possible.”

For more information contact: 739-6387 or info@nl.ndp.ca

Sponsored by the Canadian Labour Congress, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour and the New Democratic Party.


Sept 30, 2014

Cabinet announcement leaves us with more questions than answers

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) said she was pleased to see the Progressive Conservative government adopt yet another long-standing NDP policy initiative by moving towards putting early childhood development under the Department of Education. It has been something New Democrats have been pushing for many years. She says she hopes they complete the process by including childcare under the Department.

“This follows the Tories’ pledge last spring to implement full-day kindergarten, another of our long time policy initiatives,” said Michael. “Good to have another win for the province’s New Democrats.”

That said, Michael said she is very concerned about the disappearance of the Department of Justice and the appearance a new, Harper Conservative sounding Department of Public Safety.

“First they cut the Family Violence Intervention Court, now the Justice department itself is on the missing list,” said Michael. “To paraphrase the famous adage ‘not only must justice be done; it must also be seen to be done,’ I ask “Where is the Department of Justice?”

Michael noted when New Brunswick created a Department of Public Safety, they kept their Department of Justice, open and visible to the public.

On top of this confusion, Premier Davis has appointed an unelected person, lawyer Judy Manning, to head the new department. Ms. Manning has already indicated she would not seek opportunities to sit in the House provided by running in upcoming by-elections. She has stated she will try her luck in the upcoming general election, which could be a year from now.

“It seems the Premier fears that his choice to oversee the public’s safety could not win the public’s confidence in an election,” said Michael. “This is disgraceful. Ms. Manning is unaccountable to the people. Who will answer her questions in the House?  She should respect House of Assembly tradition and run at the earliest possible opportunity.”

“Like yesterday’s Humber Valley Paving report, today’s Cabinet announcement leaves us with more questions than answers. Three days in to his new job, Premier Davis has a lot to answer for.”


Sept. 10, 2014

Michael calls for immediate review of minimum wage

In the wake of a successful town hall hosted by her caucus Tuesday evening, NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is calling on government to immediately review the province’s minimum wage practices. Dozens of people came to voice their opinions and listen to what others had to say at a town hall on the minimum wage.

“We heard thoughtful considerations on the effects of poverty on physical and mental health, on what a living wage should be, and the connection between the temporary foreign worker program and the minimum wage,” Michael said today.

“Others spoke about the near-impossibility of living on minimum wage. One woman described working 120 hours every two weeks at two jobs while she was raising her children. A young man spoke about having to decide between buying groceries and making a student loan payment to maintain his credit rating for the future.”

Michael says it is obvious that the province needs a serious overhaul of minimum wage legislation, and it needs it sooner than government wants.

“The original promise of this government was to review minimum wage every two years,” she said. “The last review was in 2012, and government chose to basically disregard the review committee’s recommendation.

“I would expect there to be a new review this year – in 2014 – but government says it will apparently not happen until 2015. With this government’s record of slow action, that could mean no substantive improvement for our lowest-paid workers until 2016 or even later.”

Meanwhile, says Michael, the cost of living continues to increase at a rate that outpaces the minimum wage increases.

 


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Public Meeting to Discuss Raising the Minimum Wage

Lorraine Michael, George Murphy, and Gerry Rogers are hosting this meeting to hear from you.

September 9 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

St. Teresa’s Parish Hall, 120 Mundy Pond Road

Here’s your chance to talk about minimum wage.

Come to the forum and share your stories, hear what minimum wage life is like for others, and make suggestions about what Newfoundland and Labrador should do for minimum wage workers.

A copy of the Petition to the House of Assembly is attached here (NL NDP Raise the Minimum Wage Petition) if you would like to get a head start gathering signatures in advance of the meeting

For more information please call 729-0270


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NL NDP launches Raise the Minimum Wage Campaign

(June 5, 2014)  Please join New Democrats across the province in talking to our neighbours about RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

  • In our province, we have the greatest percentage of the workforce earning the provincial minimum wage in Canada, with WOMEN, YOUTH and those from RURAL areas making up a disproportionate number of these workers
  • There has been NO INCREASE in the minimum wage since 2010, which has had detrimental impacts on the purchasing power of the most vulnerable members of the provincial workforce
  • Minimum wage earners DO NOT earn enough money for the necessities of life, and even full-time minimum wage earners barely meet the Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) of $19,496 (single person)
  • Government has IGNORED the recommendations of its own 2012 Minimum Wage Review Committee for an immediate increase to reflect the cost of living, and annual adjustments in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and instead legislated a 25-cent increase in October 2014, and a 25-cent increase in October 2015, with no indexing
  • Other provinces and territories have been raising their minimum wages, leaving NL on the low end

WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?

Our call to Raise the Minimum Wage and tie future increases to the Consumer Price Index highlights the difference between New Democrats and the other two parties in this province.

On April 16, 2014 the NDP presented a private member’s motion calling on government to accept the recommendations of government’s 2012 Minimum Wage Review Committee: immediately raise the hourly wage of the province’s lowest-paid workers and index future increases to the cost of living. 

All MHAs present from both the Liberal and PC caucuses voted against the NDP Private Member’s motion.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP!

A copy of the Petition we will be asking our neighbours to sign is attached here (NL NDP Raise the Minimum Wage Petition) if you would like to get a head start gathering signatures – bring to your workplace, your schools, your neighbours!

Whether you are an experienced campaigner or this is your first time, don’t worry! We will give you all the information you need to feel comfortable and you won’t be canvassing alone. But remember to dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

To get involved call Mark at the Provincial Office at 709-739-6387 or info@nl.ndp.ca and we will connect you with people in your community.