NDP fight­ing plan to limit de­bate

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - Moira Wy­ton

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.”

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