House of Assembly
June 14, 2007

House Leader Extremely Pleased with Productivity During HOA Spring Session

The Government House Leader, the Honourable Tom Rideout, said today he is extremely pleased with the quality and quantity of business that was achieved during this past session of the House of Assembly.

"This session was highly productive," said Minister Rideout. "Budget 2007, no doubt, was the highlight; and it is a budget that has been touted as the best one in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador. As a result, Newfoundland and Labrador has been transformed from the province with the highest personal income tax rates in Atlantic Canada to the province with the lowest personal income tax rates in Atlantic Canada."

Various pieces of legislation were introduced and passed during this sitting that reflect policy commitments of the Williams Government in its Blueprint, such as the establishment of an energy corporation and the Sustainable Development Act, which will assist in providing a legacy of benefits to present and future generations. Another major accomplishment was the Act Respecting FPI Limited, which will breathe new life into the rural communities of Fortune, Burin, and Marystown, allowing a much greater level of security and stability. As well, a resolution was passed which appointed Paul Reynolds as the new Chief Electoral Officer and Commissioner of Members' Interests. To commence a new era of accountability in the Newfoundland and Labrador legislative assembly, the House of Assembly Accountability, Integrity, and Administration Act was introduced, which is a piece of legislation that incorporates the recommendations of the Green Report. His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, Edward Roberts, gave Royal Assent to each of these bills.

"The work done during this session provided our government with the opportunity to move forward on several key policy commitments," said Minister Rideout. "We saw some great debate on the various bills, and I appreciate the members´┐Ż participation and input. Overall, I believe we made significant advancements during this session."

Details on the legislation can be found at: //www.gov.nl.ca/hoa/business/.

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Media contact:
Donna Ivey
Communications
House of Assembly
709-729-0898, 697-1424
donnaivey@gov.nl.ca

2007 06 14                                                  4:55 p.m.

 


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