Premier Gallant refuses to allow public scrutiny on Legislature Standing Rule changes

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The Official Opposition is disappointed that Brian Gallant is unwilling to hold open meetings or to seek the advice of external experts on his proposed changes to the Legislative Assembly's Standing Rules.  A meeting of the Legislature's Standing Committee on Procedure ended abruptly today when the government refused again to collaborate.


"We approached today's Committee meeting in a genuine way, with open minds.  We wanted to collaborate, to talk about ways to improve our process and, importantly, to discuss how the committee can seek the advice of external experts and the public.  Instead, the government refused to cooperate," said Opposition House Leader Madeleine Dubé.


In refusing to cooperate, Brian Gallant is insisting on closed door, secret meetings.  He wants MLAs alone to determine what is best for democracy in New Brunswick.  His government is unwilling to consult with external experts, to involve other political parties or to conduct real research into the impact of the government's proposed changes, including a cross-jurisdictional review. 


"It is concerning that a Premier who claims to be so open and transparent is not even willing to ask the public what they think about his approach to these rules changes.  The Liberal government may be willing to shut down debate, again, but we believe the public deserves an opportunity to comment on these fundamental changes," said Opposition Leader Bruce Fitch.

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