Foote First Liberal to Say No
January 30, 2009
Random Burin St. George's MP Judy Foote has confirmed that if the equalization changes remain, she'll be voting no to the federal budget. Foote says a solution needs to be found to resolve this province's financial losses.
Liberal MP's from this province admit they have been hearing from constituents in the wake of the province's outcry over the damage caused by changes to the equalization formula. There have been talks with the federal Liberals to seek an amendment, and even to have the fiscal measure that impacts this province delayed for a year. Still, if nothing changes, Foote is prepared to cast her vote for Newfoundland and Labrador.
St. John's South Mount Pearl MP Siobhan Coady isn't as direct, but told VOCM Niteline with Ryan Cleary, she and her colleagues are working with Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff to ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador is treated fairly.
Premier Danny Williams has asked Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff to consider amending the implementation of changes to equalization.Williams says Ignatieff could do two things: ask Harper to withdraw the changes or add an amendment, which he believes would be supported by all 7 Newfoundland and Labrador MP's.
Williams has also spoken with the premiers of PEI and Quebec asking for their support.
He puts the numbers in perspective, saying the impact is about three thousand dollars per person. He says we already have the highest debt per capita, and the impact of the budget change only makes it worse.
Meantime, Premier Williams has confirmed Nova Scotia's side deal with the federal government. Williams says in talking with Premier Rodney McDonald to firm up support on the equalization issue, he learned Nova Scotia would not be be impacted by the offset losses. Williams says we are affected similarly, but have been offered nothing. Williams says it is his understanding the deal was struck following January's First Minister's meeting.
NDP Leader Jack Leyton says he is working with the Premier and Newfoundland and Labrador's MP's to provide fairness to the province.
She also might want to vote no to the budget for the lack of any support for the equality of women in this country...
...Women's issues? Something our previous leader championed. But that was then. This is now.