Name: Lloyd Parrott
Party affiliation (provincial and federal): Provincial: Progressive Conservative; Federal: No affiliation
Q. Do you believe there is more that can be done to combat climate change in Newfoundland and Labrador? Explain.
A. Yes, more can and should be done to combat climate change in Newfoundland and Labrador. Coastal erosion is a serious issue facing our province and we have to measure and continue monitor areas prone to flooding. An aggressive move towards electrification of the province would help us by burning less oil and therefore producing fewer greenhouse gasses. We have a surplus of clean, renewable energy that we can leverage to attract outside business interest from high energy consuming industries. Such industries include the technology sector with opportunities in data centers and bit mining operations, automotive industry including electric vehicles and charging infrastructure for those vehicles as well as space heating of residential and commercial buildings throughout the province. A healthy environment and a healthy economy can and should coexist.
Q. What is your primary legislative priority should you be (re)elected?
A. If elected, my primary legislative priority is to promote a more active and meaningful presence in the House of Assembly aimed at protecting our provinces youth and seniors. Each member of the House of Assembly should have an opportunity to actively contribute in representing the views of their district and the people they represent. Properly implemented democratic reforms would see opportunities for more committee work, greater in-depth debate and working alongside members of all parties to achieve better results for the province as a whole. I would like to strengthen legislation to protect our youth and seniors by giving more investigative authority to the offices of the Child Youth Advocate and Seniors Advocate.
Q. With the death rate exceeding the birth rate, outmigration remaining prominent, and an aging population, what is your top priority to address demographic challenges in N.L.?
A. Demographics is one of the biggest challenges facing Newfoundland and Labrador right now. We need to create an environment where our youth have opportunities and want to stay in our province. We also have to focus on bringing home displaced Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans by creating an optimistic future with economic opportunities. Finally, we need to set immigration targets that focus on recruitment and retention of high skilled individuals who can help our province grow. By implementing a jobs and immigration strategy and focusing on healthy families and communities we will create an environment for our population to grow.
Q. Are changes needed to the existing tax system in Newfoundland and Labrador? If so, what specifically should change?
A. Yes, the tax system in Newfoundland and Labrador should better reflect its population and address the challenges and leverage the opportunities that exist within the province. We are the highest taxed province in the county and I believe that residents should get to keep more money from their pay cheque than government collects in taxes. I fully support the elimination of the Levy, as well as the tax on homeowner and vehicle insurance.
Q. Do you have any conflicts of interest that would need to be addressed upon (re)entering the House of Assembly?
A. I am currently a Town Counselor in the Town of Clarenville. I also sit on a number of boards and committees. If fortunate enough to be elected, I look forward to meeting with House of Assembly staff to ensure I take the appropriate measures to ensure I am not in a conflict of interest in representing the district of Terra Nova in the House of Assembly.