Ability to hold government to account impeded by new bill, says North Coast MLA

“This move to limit debate is fundamentally undemocratic,” --North Coast MLA Gary Coons

A procedural move by the Liberal government has the NDP angry with what they call an attempt to squash open and accountable government. What has the opposition so angry, is the use of closure that the Liberals invoked to pass Bill 37, a bill that will move the location where budgetary estimate debates take place.

Debate will be exorcised from the Legislature when its tied up with other legislative matters and farmed out to the Douglas Fir room, a move that the opposition suggests limits the transparency of government.

The Liberals on their part deny that any underhanded thoughts are behind the move, just legislative expediency, as they seek to move along Chamber legislation…

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