EDMONTON, AB (November 21, 2012): In response to a blatant attempt by the PC government to subvert the democratic process by attempting to ram through seven bills in one exhausting all night session, the Wildrose Official Opposition today will draw a line in the sand.
Wildrose MLAs will spend the day in the Legislature, forgoing Question Period if necessary, to ensure three key bills (Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act. Bill 4, the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act and Bill 8, the Electric Utilities Amendment Act) are fully debated and voted on for all Albertans to see instead of rammed through in the dead of night. “These bills trample the rights of landowners, guarantee a massive increase on Albertans’ power bills and protect the PC culture of corruption and bullying,” said Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith. “The PC attempt to ram seven bills through the Legislature in one marathon session shows their utter contempt for the democratic process. We can’t let them continue doing this and that’s why we’re standing to them today.” As daily revelations of corruption, a lack of transparency, massive new debt, a failing justice system and the bullying of health professionals continue to pile up, the PCs are attempting to cut the Legislative session short by bullying opposition parties into silence with daily sittings till midnight and beyond. Last night, the PCs took their legislative bullying tactics to a new level by trying to ram through seven bills in one night. MLAs did pass Bills 5, 6, 9 and 10 and voted down almost a dozen opposition amendments. “Enough is enough – it’s time to draw a line in the sand for all Albertans who have been bullied and railroaded by this government,” said Wildrose House Leader Rob Anderson. “This Premier preaches transparency and a new way of doing business at the Legislature; instead she has taken PC bullying, secrecy and corruption to an all-time high.” Smith said because the Alberta Legislature consistently has amongst the fewest sitting days of all provincial assemblies, legislation is often rammed through without sufficient consultation and debate. “These guys bully everyone from doctors to public servants to municipalities, and now they’re bullying Alberta’s elected representatives into passing their flawed legislation without real debate,” Smith said. “We are taking a stand against this process and hope they will give these bills the attention and debate they desperately need.”