“For the Government House Leader to imply that opposition parties are obstructing the work of this committee is simply false,” said Richard Starke, MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster. “As Members of the Legislative Assembly, we are elected to advocate for what we believe is best for Albertans. This is a responsibility that the Government House Leader once championed while in opposition. The fact that he no longer sees fulsome and proper debate as a fundamental part of our job is very concerning.”
For the first eight months of the committee’s mandate, the Chair called just nine meetings, wasting valuable time that the committee needed to complete its unprecedented workload. Now, the committee has been left scrambling to cram months worth of work into a few short weeks, which has led the NDP majority to effectively shut down meaningful debate on sweeping and transformative changes to four major pieces of legislation.
“The Progressive Conservative caucus is fully supportive of the work that needs to be completed by the Ethics and Accountability committee,” said Sandra Jansen, MLA for Calgary-North West. “We agree that election financing needs reform, but in a manner that that reflects the views of all Albertans. We will not apologize for challenging this government to carefully consider the impacts and consequences of its proposed changes before inevitably using its majority to implement the NDP ‘world view’.”