Earlier this month, provincial New Democrat legislator Michael Sather was temporarily suspended from caucus "as a result of his decision to vote against the Tsawwassen Treaty when it comes to the Legislature this fall." But it seems opposition legislators aren't encouraged to take have an independent voice outside the legislature either. In an email sent to MLAs in advance of this weekend's provincial council meeting, caucus whip Katrine Conroy tells them "we will not be speaking to the motions on Gateway" - which had been introduced to both support and oppose the highway expansion project (in whole or in part). "The last thing we need right now is a debate on the floor of proicncial (sic) council between MLA's. Everyone on both sides please respect this."
The email also informs MLAs the emergency resolution calling for a free vote on the Tsawwassen Final Agreement "will most likely be up first. (House leader Mike) Farnworth will be speaking to it on behalf of caucus, that's it. If it is going sidewise we might put up a few more" speakers. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned email.
From: Conroy, Katrine
Sent: Sat 9/15/2007 10:47
To: NDP MLAs - PRIVATE & C. of S. & Ex Dir
Subject: Provincial Council
We need to be here this afternoon for the Nomination Review committee report, the EBC report and then the motions. The emergency motion will most likely be up first. Mike will be speaking to it on behalf of caucus, that's it. If it is going sidewise we might put up a few more.
We will not be speaking to the motions on Gateway. The last thing we need right now is a debate on the floor of proicncial council between MLA's. Everyone on both sides please respect this.
Tomorrow the policy development committee are meeting the list of the meeting rooms are on the check in tables. Co chairs need to be at those meetings. Thanks, kat