MLAs play hooky from legislature 0
BC's MLAs may be the only elected officials in Canada not sitting in 2012. Ontario MLAs are already in session and other provincial legislatures will reconvene in the fall, but the BC government likely won't sit until February 2013.
B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong has said the government would be working on the budget until then.
"We're going to be having an election soon and they're going to have to deal with their record and if you're going to campaign on open government, I don't know if cancelling the fall sitting was an especially good idea," said Vincent Gogolek, Executive Director of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association.
Both Gogolek and political commentator Bill Tieleman believed British Columbians should speak up.
"They should tell their MLA - especially if they have a Liberal MLA - that they expect them to be working for their dollars, that they get paid $100,000 a year-plus for cabinet ministers and they might want to put in some time," Tieleman said.
Accountability advocate IntegrityBC launched an online petition calling on the B.C. government to reconsider its decision.