“We find it ludicrous that the government caucus would suggest that it lacks the resources for its MLAs to effectively carry out their duties when theoretically, they have a host of facilities at their disposal,” said Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays, Ric McIver. “If for some reason Executive Council is blocking these government MLAs from conducting government business in government facilities, they should take it up with the Premier and not Alberta taxpayers.”
The motion, proposed by NDP backbencher Thomas Dang, intended to address government MLA complaints that they are unable to do their jobs effectively due to a lack of office space in Southern Alberta. They are asking that the same allowance available to the Official Opposition for Calgary office space be made available to all caucuses. To propose these unnecessary expenses at a time when many Albertans are barely able to make ends meet is completely out of step with today’s economic realities.
“In addition to facilities like Government House and McDougall Centre, government MLAs each have their own taxpayer-funded constituency offices in which to conduct their work,” said McIver. “It is completely unreasonable to suggest that the NDP caucus should have access to even more resources than they currently do.”