BC Legislature fall sitting cancelled, again
Finance Minister Mike de Jong announced today that there will be no fall sitting of the B.C. legislature. This means the house will only sit for a total of 36 days this year.
The BC government's fall sitting was cancelled last September at around the same time.
De Jong told reporters that the duties of elected officials "do not begin and end in the legislative chamber," and that the government would still be working on issues such as developing a new tax regime for the liquefied natural gas industry. There was no mention of whether this would affect the 85 elected MLAs' annual salary, which is $98,000 according to the Members' Remuneration and Pensions Act (current as of August 28, 2013)
NDP House Leader John Horgan criticized the move, saying that taxpayers spend $70 million every year to keep the legislature running and that the least the Liberal government could do is show up.
He also said the it was offensive for MLAs to be stripped of the opportunity to represent their constituents in Victoria.