November 13th, 2020

Liberals disrespect Nova Scotians with no fall sitting of the Legislature

HALIFAX -- The Liberal government is continuing to block opposition MLAs from asking key questions on issues facing Nova Scotians, including affordable housing, long-term care, the April mass shooting, and systemic racism.

“It is entirely disrespectful of the people of Nova Scotia for the Premier to avoid a fall sitting, evade public scrutiny, and limit the work of democratically elected MLAs in this way,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “There are a number of critical issues, from rent control to long-term care improvements, that need to be brought before the legislature and won’t be, because of the decisions of this Liberal government.”

Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada where the legislature has not met during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Nova Scotia legislature has only met for 13 days.

“The Liberals have consistently blocked Nova Scotians from asking questions through their elected representatives. They refused to meet through the pandemic, shut down committees for six months, and are once again shutting down the legislative processes meant to hold governments to account,” said NDP House Leader Claudia Chender. “While the Premier has set a date for the legislature to return in February, that will be after he is replaced as Liberal Leader. He clearly does not want to be questioned on his own record.”

This will be the fewest number of days the Nova Scotia legislature has sat in over 50 years.