Leaders' Courtesies are the First Step to Democratic Reform

06 DECEMBER 2012

Green Party Leader David Coon, and the leaders of the other three parties yet to win a seat in the Legislative Assembly have been extended courtesies by the Legislative Administrative Committee sought by Mr. Coon.

An area of the public gallery has been set aside as designated seating for the four leaders. They will all be permitted to use their mobile devices and will be issued security passes to the Legislative Assembly. These are the same courtesies extended to Executive Assistants working for cabinet ministers.

"I appreciate the support of the Premier and members on both sides of the house in granting these courtesies to those of us who lead political parties, but have not yet won a seat in the Legislative Assembly," said Green Party Leader David Coon.  

"It's the very first step toward democratic reform. Now I am eager to see the Select Committee on Legislative Reform begin its deliberations," said Coon.

The Committee on Legislative Reform was created to examine how political parties without representation in the Legislative Assembly can participate in the business of the House. In particular it, it is charged with considering the recommendations of the Desserud report, entitled "Proposals for Legislative Reform in New Brunswick." It has yet to hold a meeting.