The Honourable Frank Fagan, Lieutenant Governor for Newfoundland and Labrador, delivered the Speech from the Throne in St. John’s today, officially opening the third session of the 48th general assembly.
Fagan highlighted the accomplishments of the Liberals since coming into power in 2015, and also outlined what’s expected in the coming year.
In its efforts towards reconciliation with Indigenous communities, government is soon going to deliver an apology to residential school survivors in Labrador following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology in November of last year.
When it comes to mental health, government will continue to implement the recommendations in its ‘Towards Recovery’ document, which includes the replacement of the Waterford Hospital, and the start of a drug treatment court to help ease the burden of the prison system. 2018 will also mark the launch of a new Healthy Living Action Plan, and the introduction of an updated Public Health Act, which hasn’t been updated in the last 50 years.
Government also announced it will soon release an Education Action Plan to implement all 82 recommendations from the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes, and will bring forward amendments to the Schools Act, 1997 to address the issues with inclusive education.
With marijuana legalization on the horizon, government will launch a public education plan for parents, youth, and employees to understand the health and safety risks of using cannabis.
To advance the status of women, government will review the Residential Tenancies Act and Municipalities Act using a gender-based analysis. Justice Minister Andrew Parsons also introduced the first Bill of the new session following the throne speech. Bill 1 will amend the Family Violence Protection Act to expand the definition of family violence to include acts of psychological, emotional and financial abuse.
Read the full Speech from the Throne at this link.
Government acknowledges Muskrat Falls in Speech from the Throne. It says the project is now at 90% complete.
An inquiry into the hydroelectric project is expected be completed and a final report released by December 2019.
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