No.49/2012

House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador

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1st Session – 47th General Assembly

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

 

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

(a)    Statements by Members

(b)    Statements by Ministers

(c)    Oral Questions

(d)    Presenting Reports by Standing and Select Committees

(e)    Tabling of Documents

(f)    Notices of Motion

(g)    Answers to questions for which notice has been given

(h)    Petitions

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

1. C Address in Reply

 

Bills Referred to Committee of the Whole

 

2. C Committee of the Whole on a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Fatalities Investigations Act”. (Bill No. 33)

                           (Progress)                                              (Justice and Attorney General)

 

 

         3. C Committee of the Whole on a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Labour Relations Act”. (Bill No. 37)

                        (Environment & Conservation and Minister Responsible for Labour Relations Agency)

 

4. C Committee of the Whole on a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Public Service Collective Bargaining Act No. 2”.

(Bill No. 38)                                         (Environment & Conservation and Minister Responsible for Labour Relations Agency)

 

Second Reading Bills

 

5. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act Respecting Procurement By Public Bodies”.

(Bill No. 1)                                                                                          (Service NL)

 

6. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Public Service Collective Bargaining Act”. (Bill No. 31)

                                                   (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

7. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Public Service Commission Act”. (Bill No. 32)

                                                                               (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

8. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Assessment Act, 2006”.

(Bill No. 34)                                                                             (Municipal Affairs)

 

MOTIONS

 

1. C MR. DWIGHT BALL (Humber Valley) C To Move:

 

“WHEREAS the labour force of Newfoundland and Labrador has traditionally been one that is disproportionally based on seasonal employment compared with other provinces given the large rural population and broad seasonal industries including the fishery, tourism, forestry, roadwork, construction, cultural industries and agriculture.  Many of these industries depend upon seasonal labour for their continued existence and success;

 

AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada has announced profound and substantial changes to the national Employment Insurance program;

 

AND WHEREAS these changes will adversely affect more than 50,000 persons in Newfoundland and Labrador who are in receipt of Employment Insurance each year, including more than 7,000 recipients of fishery benefits;

 

 

AND WHEREAS the changes, including the requirement for EI recipients to find a job paying at least 80 per cent of pay in a similar occupation within six weeks and the requirement that recipients to be willing to work at a job that is within a one hour commute from their home are aimed at urban populations and ignores the needs and realities of the rural economy;

 

AND WHEREAS the changes made to the Employment Insurance appeals and review process denies the right for a speedy, meaningful and comprehensive appeal;

 

AND WHEREAS the changes were conceived, announced and will be implemented without consultations with the population of Canada, without advance warning to the government’s of the provinces or territories, without a proper debate in the Parliament of Canada on the principles or implementation, and without mandate to do so given these changes were never proposed during the most recent federal election;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this House of Assembly condemns the substance and implementation of the changes to the Canadian Employment Insurance program;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this House calls upon Government to immediately conduct a detailed research program to examine the long-term effects of these changes on individuals, communities and the Province as a whole with the goals of gathering evidence to use in a campaign against these changes and also for use in determining what Provincial Government programs may be required to mitigate the negative effects of these changes;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this House calls upon the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to join forces with the governments of the Maritime provinces in order to better address the issue with one united regional voice;

 

         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this House calls upon the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to ensure that this issue be placed on the agenda for discussion at the annual Council of the Federation Summer Meeting, in order to initiate a national debate on the role and value of the Employment Insurance program.”

 

2. C MS. GERRY ROGERS (St. John’s Centre) C To Move:

 

         “WHEREAS the Provincial Government currently only has a strategy for social housing that does not deal with the full crisis of affordable housing in the Province;

 

         AND WHEREAS the home ownership assistance program promised by this Government in the provincial election has not come to fruition;

 

         AND WHEREAS shelter is a human right and all people in the Province have the right to housing that meets the national occupancy standards;

 

         AND WHEREAS the House of Commons passed a motion on May 4 to provide that the Federal Government should:  (a) keep with Canada’s obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the right to housing under the UN International Covenant in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; (b) support efforts by Canadian municipalities to combat homelessness; and (c) adopt measures to expand the stock of affordable rental housing, with a view to providing economic benefits to local housing construction businesses;

 

         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Assembly urge Government to commit to a provincial housing and homelessness action plan;

 

         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Assembly urge Government to call upon the Federal Government to renew the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, the Affordable Housing Initiative and the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program when the programs are up for renewal in 2014;

 

         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Assembly urge Government to create a Division of Housing and Homelessness that will be given the responsibility to co-ordinate Government-wide action, work with all levels of Government and the community on affordable housing, and be responsible for research and the development of provincial housing policy issues.”

 

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Published under the authority of the Speaker of the

House of Assembly by William E. Parsons, Queen's Printer