POLITICS

B.C. government invokes time limits to end debates in legislature

05/30/2012 05:13 EDT | Updated 07/30/2012 05:12 EDT
VICTORIA - The B.C. government is invoking time limits to end debate in the legislature after a four-month spring session.

Liberal House Leader Rich Coleman says he will introduce a motion to ensure the legislature will adjourn on Thursday.

He says four bills will not be completed but the time limit means a major bill involving the province's return to the seven-per-cent provincial sales tax by next April will pass.

Coleman says the government was forced to make the change after the Opposition New Democrats chose to hold up debates.

He says late-night sittings and moving to rooms other than the legislature's chamber ensured more work could be done, but time ran out.

The NDP has accused the Liberals of stacking the legislative agenda, but not leaving enough time to ensure important laws receive full and fair scrutiny.