Fredericton – David Coon, Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South, says that by shutting down the Legislative Assembly, the Higgs government is preventing important committee work from happening.
“The government with the support of the Liberal opposition has brought the work of the Legislative Branch of government to a screeching halt,” said Coon. “There are seven committees that cannot begin their work because the Legislature has yet to approve their membership or chairs yet. Without the ability for members to participate in the sitting of the Legislature virtually, I don’t see us reconvening until sometime in the new year.”
To date, the Legislature has approved the membership of only one committee, the Economic Policy Committee responsible for studying government bills. Committee membership must be established by a motion put to a vote by MLAs, which requires the Legislative Assembly to be in-session.