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Opposition House Leader Keith Hutchings says that the Ball Liberals are not serious about democratic reform. After waiting for three years to bring forward a process, they voted on Thursday to put the Ball Liberal governing party in charge instead of...
Thursday, October 25, 2018

St. John’s, NL (October 26, 2018) – Opposition House Leader Keith Hutchings says that the Ball Liberals are not serious about democratic reform.  After waiting for three years to bring forward a process, they voted on Thursday to put the Ball Liberal governing party in charge instead of placing the reform process under the impartial direction of the House.

“The Liberals promised democratic reform in 2015 but did nothing about it for three years.  Now they have voted to give their own governing party the power to dictate what happens.  They will decide whether any reforms are brought forward before the next election, what those reforms will be, when they will take effect and whether they will be fair or favour their own party.  It makes a sham of the whole process,” said Hutchings.  “Their democratic reform process is not very democratic.  Were they serious about democratic reform in their 2015 red book?”

By contrast, a Select Committee of the House would have functioned independently of any one party.  That’s why the two opposition parties voted together to have a truly nonpartisan process that would have had the freedom to propose sweeping reforms on issues as diverse as political donation limits, proportional representation, voting age, election timing, fair candidate nomination deadlines, consultation on legislation, free votes of members, referendums on important matters, promoting the representation of women and minorities, taking on bullying in politics, and allowing the recall of members who perform poorly.

The Liberal Government-led Committee will be completely different from the House-led all-party committee that a PC resolution put in place to develop a new Legislature-Specific Harassment Policy to replace the flawed process that has led to such turmoil.

“While it is one thing to have a Health minister lead a health reform process, it’s another thing to have one political party domineer a democratic reform process.” he said

“After doing nothing for three years and stalling the debate for another five months, the Ball Liberals voted unanimously to roadblock a truly nonpartisan reform process.  After everything we’ve seen this week, it’s shocking that the Ball Liberals aren’t serious about fixing what’s terribly wrong with the political system in Newfoundland and Labrador.” said Hutchings.

 

Contacts:
Bradley Russell
Director of Policy and Research
(p) 1.709.729.3668
(c) 1.709.685.3161
BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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