MP Tamara Leonard saw first amendment passed in Parliament to fund pilot breakfast programme

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PHILIPSBURG — Member of Parliament for the United Democrats UD party, Tamara Leonard, recently saw her first amendment law being passed in Parliament during the budget debate on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. On the night of the aforementioned date, chairman at the time, MP Claude “Chacho” Peterson, tabled the amendment motion submitted by More...

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