No excuse for lack of fall legislature session, says NDP 0
The halls of the B.C. legislature will be empty this autumn after the fall session was scrapped by the provincial government for the second year in a row. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM CAZON)
The B.C. government cancelled another fall session of the legislature on the same day the predicted budget surplus was downgraded.
Number released Tuesday showed the predicted $153-million surplus will not be reached, with forecasts indicating B.C. will have a surplus of $136 million this year. It is the second time this year the budget surplus has been lowered.
But the decision not to have a fall session is just as well for Premier Christy Clark, who announced a trade mission to Asia will take place in late November.
“We told British Columbians we were going to get to work building an LNG industry,” said Clark, pointing out the fall session is optional. “MLA and legislative community are spending the fall talking to British Columbians in their communities.”
Clark pointed out the legislature held a summer session to pass the budget. There was no fall session in 2012.
The reasoning didn’t wash with BC NDP house leader John Horgan.
“I’m a born-and-raised Victorian and I always thought as I was growing up as a kid and as a young adult that things went on in this building,” he said.
Horgan doesn’t understand how the governing BC Liberals can’t find time to work out its liquefied natural gas plan, as well as run other aspects of the province.
“They’re saying, ‘Well, we won the election get over it’ and that’s not what this is about,” he said. “It’s about 85 people being sent by their communities to represent them and not just to eat in the dining room and make pompous speeches.”