This week in the legislature - April 30 - May 4, 2012
SPRING 2012 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
April 30 - May 4, 2012
The week ended with Lana Popham and John Horgan offering a critique of the Liberals failing to consult and provide the necessary time to draft and debate legislation. They said that as the spring session nears its end, it looks like the B.C. Liberals are desperately piling up legislation and rushing the process. Read more here.
This week, MLAs welcomed Rick Hansen to the Legislature and recognized his many achievements. Watch more here.
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Adrian Dix and Rob Fleming, Gary Coons and Robin Austin questioned the B.C. Liberals on their failure to take a position on the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. They said the opposition believes the risks far outweigh the benefits - economically, environmentally and culturally - and challenged the premier to stand up for the best interests of the people of the province.
Doug Donaldson raised concerns from small business owners and First Nations in the north about the catastrophic impacts of an oil spill on the local economy and environment. Watch more here.
Maurine Karagianis, Carole James and John Horgan asked why a woman living on disability who has several types of cancer is being denied services from the government. The woman's doctor has said she needs to take supplements to get her strength up so she can have a double-mastectomy for her breast cancer, but she has been told she doesn't qualify to have the supplements paid for by the Ministry of Social Development. She was told her damaged spleen was not considered a vital organ as a basis for her denial. The Esquimalt Legion stepped in to pay for here supplements where the Liberal government failed her. Watch more here.
Bruce Ralston and John Horgan asked the Liberals to respect the referendum act, respect voters, and table legislation to restore the PST before the house rises by May 31. Bruce said the Referendum Act directs government to consider introducing legislation “in the legislative assembly during its first session after the results of such a referendum are known.” Bruce also asked the Liberals if dissent inside the Liberal caucus is preventing the legislation from moving forward in a timely way. John asked for assurance that the Liberals intend to restore the PST with all its original exemptions. Watch more here.