NDP jams up legislature with flurry of new bills

The Alberta legislature is backed up.

Like a drain or other piece of plumbing that’s clogged.

The government has been stuffing so many major bills down the legislative spout the past few weeks, it was bound to get jammed up.

Consequently, the fall sitting will run longer than scheduled. Rather than wrapping up Thursday, it will overflow into next week.

It’s just as messy as it sounds.

MLAs are getting tired and testy. And a little goofy.

On Tuesday, the NDP complained that United Conservative Party MLA Tany Yao had made a “threatening gesture” to NDP MLA Thomas Dang.

Yao had made an “I’m watching you” motion with his fingers, pointing to his own eyes and then aiming them at Yao.

NDP house leader Brian Mason raised a formal complaint called a point of privilege against Yao for making a “deliberate attempt to intimidate” Dang.

If this is sounding like a schoolyard kerfuffle, that’s because it is.

On Wednesday, Yao apologized and the matter was closed. But just wait for the next silly blowup. And there are bound to be more.

The MLAs are so close to their holiday break, they can smell turkey and stuffing. It’s Christmas Eve and they’re as excited as toddlers, but with less self-control.

They still have a mountain of legislation to climb first, thanks to the NDP government’s full-speed-ahead agenda.

This is not a government moderating things as it heads into the final year of its mandate. This is a government introducing major pieces of legislation inside the assembly while it announces major new policy outside.

Last week, there was Bill 30, an act to “protect” working Albertans, followed by Bill 31, a “better deal” for Alberta consumers.

And this week, we have Bill 32, an act to “strengthen” democracy in Alberta.

Tuesday, it announced a new $1.4-billion fund to help Alberta industries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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