Today, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Bill Barisoff revealed provincial Liberal supporter Louise Burgart resigned her post as an electoral boundary commissioner earlier this month. Said Mr. Barisoff, "Louise was an excellent candidate. When her name came forward, I did consult with the premier. And I did consult with the leader of the Opposition. And both agreed she would have done a fine job on the electoral boundaries commission. Since then, there has been some controversy regarding her appointment. And, on February 2, Louise felt that in fairness to her and the process itself she decided she should submit her resignation."
When asked about provincial New Democrat leader Carole James's concerns regarding Ms. Burgart's partisanship, the speaker replied "Ms. James indicated to me she knew Ms. James back when she was a school board member. And she had interaction with her. And she felt she would do an excellent job. And it was certainly known her leanings were probably more to the Liberal-side than to the NDP-side. But we both felt - all three of us felt her qualifications far exceeded" her partisan connections.