NDP fighting plan to limit debate
Opposition Leader rachel notley said tuesday the ndp is seeking legal advice on how to challenge amendments to standing orders the UCP has said it will introduce in the alberta legislature soon.
after Mlas pulled a couple of all-nighters during the spring sitting, government house leader Jason nixon said he’ll be proposing new house rules that would impose end dates for voting on bills this session.
based on rules in saskatchewan that require a minimum of 20 hours of debate, the changes would ensure the Opposition has a chance to raise concerns, nixon said.
notley said the proposed changes are “undemocratic,” with ndp MLA deron bilous pointing to Premier Jason Kenney handing out earplugs to Mlas during a lengthy debate last spring.
“It’s a heavy handed effort to limit debate, limit democracy, undermine accountability, and move back to the old tory handbook of secrecy, secrecy, secrecy,” said notley.
“We’re reaching out to lawyers to find out if there are grounds on which we can challenge this.”