NEWS RELEASE · 14th September 2012
The B.C. Liberals’ decision not to hold a fall sitting of the legislature shows that they are a tired government out of ideas, say the New Democrats.
“This is a government that has no plan,” said New Democrat House Leader John Horgan. “Cancelling the fall session is simply an excuse to avoid accountability and not answer the questions that British Columbians are asking.”
During Thursday’s quarterly budget report, Minister de Jong announced that there would most likely be no fall session, partly due to the number of new ministers and the need to focus on balancing the budget.
“Last spring, the Liberals mismanaged the legislative process by ramming through a mountain of legislation at the last minute, like the government’s attempt to crack down on Translink fare evasion which had to be retroactively fixed last week by the new minister,” said Horgan. “And this fall, they’re doing it again by failing to govern and avoiding the accountability that the legislature is designed to provide,” said Horgan.
“Without a full session before the May election, legislation that was promised by the Liberals, like changes to how local governments are elected, will continue to sit on a shelf,” said Horgan. “And Private Members’ Bills, like the New Democrats’ widely supported proposal to ban cosmetic pesticides, will not be looked at.”
Horgan noted that during her leadership campaign, Premier Clark promised to work co-operatively with all MLAs to see more Private Members’ Bills debated and passed and last year noted the importance of a set sitting schedule. Contrarily, earlier this year the premier said that she tries never to go to Victoria because “it’s a sick culture” and “there are no real people” there.
It all starts with admitting there is a problem
Comment by Shawn Ksisiiaks on 15th September 2012
"....,premier said that she tries never to go to Victoria because “it’s a sick culture” and “there are no real people” there".
That is the most honest representation of today's politics in Victoria.
If a government pound desks in the Legislature, does it even make a sound?