Just before adjourning the house on Friday, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Bill Barisoff encouraged MLAs to use their time outside the Rockpile to "reconnect" with their constituents, spend time with their family and "re-energize themselves." But the record shows politicians have had more opportunity to do just that in recent years. So far, MLAs have sat for just 24 days in 2011. By contrast, during the late eighties and early nineties, there were two years when the legislature was in session for over 100 days - something that hasn't been repeated since then. Nevertheless, as noted by the Times Colonist's Paul Willcocks, it's unclear whether the public would actually be served by longer sittings.
June 6, 2011