Fletcher accuses MLAs of security breach, too
INDEPENDENT Assiniboia MLA Steven Fletcher accused at least 20 MLAs on Monday of breaching security by posting their locations on social media during an evacuation of the legislature building on Oct. 5.
Fletcher raised a point of privilege Monday, though he started by telling Speaker Myrna Driedger she was correct to chide him last week for unintentionally placing security details on the public record when he raised concerns about cabinet and members being vulnerable during evacuations.
As a result, Fletcher said he was inspired to check social media and found numerous members of the house — he said in an interview there were at least 20 — “‘irresponsibly” posted messages and photos of exactly where they were on dozens of social media platforms in real time.
“The bad guys don’t read Hansard (official transcripts of legislative proceedings), but they sure do follow social media,” Fletcher said.
He said their actions left every member vulnerable outside on the lawn and adjacent sidewalks, and it was “beyond the pale” that MLAs revealed the muster point for evacuations.
Fletcher demanded Driedger order the MLAs to delete all their social media postings about the evacuation, and develop new evacuation plans with new muster points.
However, Driedger ruled that she has no control over what MLAs say outside the house, and that Fletcher did not have a legitimate point of privilege.
The Oct. 5 evacuation resulted from a telephone threat. Nothing was found and there were no injuries, but the building was emptied for about 90 minutes.
Assiniboia MLA Steven Fletcher.