Wanted: A Speaker for the BC Legislature commencing June, 2017

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Wanted: A Speaker for the BC Legislature commencing June, 2017

5 choices for the next speaker of the B.C. legislature

 

http://www.straight.com/news/922801/5-choices-next-speaker-bc-legislature

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There could be trouble brewing in NDP-Green paradise

 

 

http://theprovince.com/news/bc-politics/mike-smyth-there-could-be-troubl...

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Is this the kind of trouble that occurs when you bring in a right-wing politico to represent you? 

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Horgan, Weaver lash out at Christy Clark during NDP-Green press conference

 

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/live-updates-horgan-weaver-hold-...

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voice of the damned

For the most part, I am a fan of the Westminster system. But one thing that strikes me as totally archaic is requirng the Speaker to be an MP. I mean, what sort of representation can you claim to have as a voter if you elect a person who ends up being chosen Speaker? I gather that MPs from nearby ridings can handle some of the constituency work, but still, it strikes me as a bit of a slap-in-the-face to know that you don't have anyone from your area officially representing your concerns to the House or to the government.

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Good point Boyd

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Opinion: Relax, B.C., there’s no need to rush into new election

 

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/opinion-relax-b-c-theres-no-need-t...

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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Such talk is quite premature. We would all do well to chill a bit. There are lots of ways the current situation may yet play out. For instance, a Liberal MLA could agree to serve as speaker for an NDP government, avoiding both stalemate and a partisan speaker.

How would that avoid a partisan speaker??

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A Speaker voting along partisan lines is the sort of thing that can quickly arouse a great deal of opposition from civil society, and voters don’t need to know all the details to understand when something isn’t good for democracy.

Expecting an elected MLA chosen to be Speaker to sever ties with their party and be non-partisan if they're called upon to break a tie also doesn't seem that good for democracy.  If a vote is tied, and the Speaker must break that tie, are they to flip a coin?  Or else on what grounds should they legitimately choose between "Yea" or "Nay"?

 If your riding elected the MLA who is to be the new Speaker, didn't they make a partisan choice?  How shall we inform that electorate that they didn't vote for an NDP MLA, they voted for a neutral Speaker?

As I see it, the NDP (or Greens) could appoint the speaker without penalty.  If a vote passes easily, the Speaker will be recused.  If it comes down to a tie, that Speaker can vote with the NDP/Greens.  The whole electoral outcome seems to be about the NDP/Greens having one more vote than the Libs, but even with an NDP/Green Speaker, they still do, don't they?

quizzical

no. if there's a NDP/Green speaker the house is split even. the speaker would always be the tie breaking vote.

 

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

That's my understanding.

The only time this could be an impediment, as I understand it, is if the Libs all showed up for a vote, but two NDP/Greens didn't, and the Lib vote would carry.  But since all NDP/Green MLAs (and Liberal MLAs) are paid to represent, I would hope that would never be a problem.

quizzical

the BC Liberals are trying to portray the speaker always voting with their party to break a confidence tie as being undemocratic.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

I don't live in BC, so I've no horse in the race, but I have to suggest that if they want such a neutral speaker, they can recommend one of their own.  Or, accept whoever says "yes".

NorthReport

I want Raj Chouhan to become speaker He already has had experience wearing the hat as Deputy Speaker and as well he looks good, quite dashing actually in the hat

Raj knows the drill and can get the job done for John

Pogo

Years since model parliament so I may be stating this wrong. On the radio someone stated that when the House breaks into the Committee of the Whole to debate business before the House, that the practice is for the speaker to leave the chamber.  Not sure if that is the case, but it sure makes the numbers game even more crazy.

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quizzical wrote:

no. if there's a NDP/Green speaker the house is split even. the speaker would always be the tie breaking vote.

 

How is there anything wrong with this? (Hint: there isn't -- despite what some right-wing media pundits will claim.)

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It's all good
Just a matter of playing the waiting game until the throne speech is defeated which will mean Clark and de Jong and the whole motley crew of her right-wing cronies are done

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Once Horgan becomes Premier he can pass the legislation he wants in relation to the Speaker, Campaign Financing, etc but he had better move very quickly on a few of those issues, and better to get the bad news out and done with as early as possible in the term

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How the B.C. Speaker should manage a messy House

Advice from former Commons Speaker Peter Milliken, who knows a thing or two about handling hung parliaments

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/how-the-b-c-speaker-should-manage-a-m...

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