NDP, UCP gang up to cut funding to smaller parties, independent MLAs
The NDP won’t always be government, the UCP won’t always be a big opposition (remember what is now the UCP started with just a single MLA), and for sure the Alberta Party won’t always be a small party.
But Alberta will always need capable opposition, and the resources required to hold government accountable and to propose better ideas.
Today, the NDP and UCP conspired to cut research funding to the Alberta Party caucus by 60% and cut independent MLA funding by 37%, while at the same time increasing the NDP budget and keeping the UCP flat.
This is especially rich given that at four separate times in Alberta history the NDP have had only two MLAs, including in 1982 under Grant Notley. Oh, and 2008 when Rachel Notley and Brian Mason were the only two ND MLAs.
No government (or opposition) should change the rules to further their own narrow, short-term interests. But that’s what the NDP and UCP did today. It’s shameful and wrong, and Albertans won’t stand for it.
The NDs had an opportunity to update the rules that govern the structure and function of the Legislature for a generation. Instead, they chose to collude with the UCP to lock in their perceived advantage.
It’s a sad day for democracy.
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