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NL Alliance to hold town hall meeting in Holyrood

NL Alliance will be hosting a town hall style meeting in Holyrood at Holyrood Community Centre on December 1, 2018 at 6:00pm. The purpose of this meeting is to give people an opportunity to join the conversation around what NL Alliance believes to be the much needed change in the political system of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“We’re inviting everyone who can possibly attend, who cares about the future of this province and has ideas about how we can work together to change it, to be there” said NL Alliance founder, Graydon Pelley. Pelley will be leading the meeting, as well as sharing a speech around the meaning behind the Alliance’s Guiding Principles.

Most notably, he’ll be speaking to, and want to discuss the fact that NL Alliance is calling for not only a change in the attitude and operation of government to change, but the entire system altogether to change, and move away from a party system that unfairly represents the people of the province.

“Under the current system, there are 40 elected MHAs and, of those 40 members, very few are given an opportunity to have a say in the decisions of the province,” Pelley said. “NL Alliance believes that all elected MHAs are elected to represent the people of the province, and therefore should be given equal opportunity to contribute to the decisions that affect the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

One example Pelley gave is the provincial budget. Where, in a number of cases, most MHAs aren’t even aware of what’s in the budget document until it’s presented to them, along with the media, on budget day.

“I’ve talked to many current and former MHAs who have told me they’ve walked in a room, been told what they’re getting or what they’re losing and how they’re expected to vote, and up to then they’ve had no say in any of it,” he said. “That isn’t right. All members have a right to have a voice around the table, and that is exactly what NL Alliance will do. We will make sure that every elected MHA is given a voice, no matter what political banner they carry.”

Members of the public as well as media are invited to come join the conversation: December 1, 2018, 6:00pm, Holyrood Community Centre, Holyrood, NL.

Rudy Norman