N.L. legislature reopening for first session since spring
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale adjusts a set of headphones during a news conference at the wrap up of The Council of the Federation in Victoria, B.C. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, March 5, 2012 8:34AM EST
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador legislature reopens today after sitting for just 33 days in the last 14 months.
Lieutenant Governor John Crosbie will read a throne speech to chart the Tory government's course.
Premier Kathy Dunderdale was criticized by opposition parties for not reopening the legislature after last October's election.
The Tories won a third straight majority government.
But Dunderdale said the house of assembly's main focus is to pass laws, and that no bills would be ready for a fall sitting.
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael says the government has promised action for years on whistle blower protections and long-term care.
She says there's no reason why the government could not have come up with legislation for a late fall sitting.
Michael and Liberal Leader Dwight Ball say they'll ask questions on the planned $6.2billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.
Ball says he's not convinced the development is needed, and that he'll also raise questions about search and rescue services.
There have been vigils in the province since 14-year-old Burton Winters died on the frozen Labrador Sea.
His family says it took too long for military aircraft to help search for the boy when he went missing in January.