Liberal leader accuses Tories of 'mismanagement'
Premier Kathy Dunderdale speaks with The Telegram from her Confederation Building boardroom Thursday about the upcoming provincial budget. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
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.
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.