UPDATE: Raucous debate in House of Assembly

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Liberal leader accuses Tories of 'mismanagement'

Premier Kathy Dunderdale is expected to be questioned today in the legislature about upcoming budget cuts. — Telegram photo

Question period in the provincial legislature was raucous today, with MHAs heckling and yelling across the chamber.

Liberal Leader Dwight Ball accused the Tories of "mismanagement" when it comes to government spending. The New Democrats pressed the government about Muskrat Falls spending in the face of a $1.6 billion forecast deficit.

Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy defended the government's record, and spending choices. Kennedy said a long term "visionary" plan will be coming as part of this year's budget.


Earlier story

Politicians are back in the legislature starting at 1:30 p.m. today.

While the throne speech usually marks the beginning of the spring session in the House, today will just be business as usual.

House Leader Darin King has said they won't actually get around to doing a throne speech until some time down the road, probably later this month.

All three political parties say they're eager to sink their teeth into debate on the province's fiscal situation, and it's widely expected that budget cuts and the looming $1.6 billion deficit will dominate question period today.

As the first of the public service layoffs roll out, journalists are anticipating a chance to question Premier Kathy Dunderdale on the number of job cuts that people should expect, and the government's plan for spending reductions.

The Telegram will have updates throughout the day, and full coverage in Friday’s paper.

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Recent comments

  • Doug
    March 08, 2013 - 09:24

    What provincial government offices have been offered this retirement incentive? Newfoundland Housing, , Newfoundland Liquor Corporation, Newfoundland Hydro, etc.WHO? What provincial government offices are exempt? We know the RNC are but WHO else. If some divisions/companies are exempt...what are they exempt from: hiring freezes, job-cuts, etc.? And WHY are they exempt? Be straight forward in the exchange of information.

  • concerned taxpayer
    March 08, 2013 - 06:18

    Unbelievable how casual the government is regarding laying off public servants and stressing everyone out . This could have been handled a different way and the incompetence of this government is sickening . Next election the Abc campaign will be on them!!!!!

  • Mrs. Penney
    March 08, 2013 - 05:19

    The Dunderdale government is finished. Bill 29 and the dismissal of the PUB's inestigation into Muskrat Falls, followed by an uncomfortably close relationship with Nalcor and a budget aimed at cutting in all the wrong places. The Liberals and NDP could run orangutans and still win the next election.

  • Concerned
    March 08, 2013 - 04:30

    Ms Dunderdale for your informatioin: Population of Alberta 3.6 million, Population of Newfoundland 516,000 thousands, there should be no comparsion, thank you.

  • Darren
    March 07, 2013 - 20:13

    Bunch of bluffs and hypocrites the PC's are........enjoy your next two years cause you're gone the next time.

  • Graham
    March 07, 2013 - 14:58

    Well....Well the picture says it all. LOST.....CONFUSED...BEWILDERED That our so called Premier. Enjoy the rest of your time in office because after 2015 you .. DONE....DONE....DONE Just too bad we cant dump you much sooner.

  • Do they have no shame?
    March 07, 2013 - 13:34

    Jerome Kennedy talks of a visionary plan. No doubt if everything goes perfectly, we'll be back in the black by the time the next century comes around. Conservative politicians are like low fat bacon. There's no such thing. No other government in NL's history has enjoyed the cushy revenues this one has, and yet they still manage to run a deficit. They should have been kicked out at least 2 terms ago.

  • fed up
    March 07, 2013 - 13:18

    Long term visionary plan,,you're joking me right? Is this Jerome's way of saying the people of this province will be living hand to mouth for years to come? There's a few thousand high paying jobs right now in the mining & oil sectors, there'll soon be huge layoff's in the construction industry once everything is built, so where does that leave the rest of us, the majority? Most of our last generation had to leave for greener pastures elsewhere & I guess the one coming up now will have to do the same thing. Over 100 thousand people were forced to leave the province during the 1990's & this present government are hells bent on forcing a repeat.

  • Vote ABC
    March 07, 2013 - 12:45

    In this Great Newfoundland Monarchy we live in with Queen Dunderdale they expect the peasents to remain silent as they do their business. Maybe in two years we can vote for a democracy form of government where the people have a right to information and can influence decisions. We need to follow Danny's good advice from a few years ago and vote ABC.