P.E.I. legislative committee suggests limiting written questions

P.E.I. legislative committee suggests limiting written questions

The P.E.I. Opposition is trying to figure out how asking when they'll get some information from government ended up with a legislative committee suggesting limiting the number of written questions MLAs can ask.

A report from the standing committee on rules and regulations says it is time to limit the number of written questions an MLA can submit to 15 per session. The report also supports an Opposition suggestion that would require a response from the government within 45 days.

The Opposition says it has submitted more than 1,000 written questions since the last throne speech, almost 150 per Progressive Conservative MLA.

Opposition MLA Sidney MacEwan had originally written the committee asking when questions submitted in August 2015 would be answered. He suggested the 45 day response time.

Fellow Tory MLA Steven Myers not sure how the question limit made it to the report.

"I don't know what happened when this got into the committee but it appears to me that some of the Liberal members were drunk on their power and figured this was an opportunity for them to change all the rules to protect government," said Myers.

Members of the committee, chaired by Liberal MLA Kathleen Casey, said that a number of jurisdictions place limits on written questions.

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