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Danielle Smith writes first letter to Premier, Wildrose proposes greater cooperation in legislature

EDMONTON, AB (May 7, 2012): Today Danielle Smith, the Leader of the Official Opposition, sent a letter to Premier Alison Redford congratulating her on her recent election mandate and putting forward three constructive proposals to work with the Premier to foster a new culture of transparency and accountability to the legislature.  

In the letter Smith writes that she shares the Premier’s intention to improve decorum in the legislature while strengthening the constructive role of the opposition parties.  She also proposed a meeting with the Premier shortly before the House resumes to discuss these issues.  The letter in its entirety can be viewed here.  The three proposals include:  

Question Period 

• 12 questions for the enlarged Official Opposition including the traditional first three daily questions

• Two questions each for the Liberal and NDP opposition including questions 4 and 5 respectively

• Government questions be moved to the end of Question Period as is tradition in many other jurisdictions including the current federal parliament  

Opposition Days 
•  Introduce Opposition Days to the Alberta legislature, to be scheduled one afternoon every two weeks  

Official Opposition Office Space 
•   The provisional arrangement we have been offered for office space is not adequate for fulfilling the role as the Official Opposition.  When a new Speaker is chosen the Wildrose requests to be moved into two adjoining floors.