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Government renewal sessions conclude in Marystown


Government officials heard plenty of ideas from Burin Peninsula residents at a recent session on how the province can either make more money or find savings.

Placentia West-Bellevue MHA Mark Browne, parliamentary assistant to Premier Dwight Ball, hosted the government renewal session in Marystown along with Burin-Grand Bank MHA Carol Anne Haley. 

People who spoke up want to see government take steps to keep work in the province, think long term in making fiscal plans — not just within the term between elections — and find better use of technology and health care professionals such as nurse practitioners.

The topics all came up at a government renewal session Monday evening at the Marystown Hotel and Convention Centre.

Placentia West-Bellevue MHA Mark Browne, parliamentary assistant to Premier Dwight Ball, said he was pleased with the turnout.

“(A) very dynamic conversation,” he said.

The session in Marystown, as well as similar ones held throughout the province, have had a great amount of feedback, Browne said.

“We are getting some very in-depth answers coming back to us — that’s exactly what we wanted.

Other suggestions presented during the night were going ahead with a two-per-cent HST increase, increased taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, raising the corporate tax to that paid in other Atlantic provinces, as well as lowering the small business deduction from $500,000 to $350,000.

Some suggestions made on how the province could save money were cancelling plans to implement the all-day kindergarten program, training staff in a variety of roles to allow for combined services and questioning whether the province needs both English and Francophone school boards.

Robert Lymburner, who took part in the discussions, said he was interested in hearing the opinions of the room.

“A lot of good stuff came out of the different tables,” he said. “It is a big job, and that’s the frightening part of it all.”  

The Marystown event was originally set for Feb. 8 but was postponed twice due to poor weather. The Feb. 22 session was the last for the province.

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