POLITICS

Nova Scotia parties at odds over proposed changes to legislature proceedings

09/26/2014 10:58 EDT | Updated 11/26/2014 05:59 EST
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's political parties began the second day of the legislature's fall session with a disagreement over proceedings in the house.

Liberal government house leader Michel Samson introduced a motion that would see a 45-minute question period held daily from Tuesday to Friday, with Monday devoted to other duties such as committees, law amendments and constituency work.

Currently, an hour-long question period is held Tuesday and Thursday with a 90-minute question period on Wednesdays.

Samson says the changes are aimed at making the proceedings more structured and efficient, but the opposition parties did not give his motion consent.

Progressive Conservative house leader Chris d'Entremont says his party supports most of the changes but believes Nova Scotians expect the legislature to sit five days a week, as it does now.

NDP house leader Dave Wilson also says the house should sit five days a week and that question period should be 50 minutes long so all members have adequate time to question the government.

Samson says the motion will likely be voted on during this session.

The Liberals need support from two-thirds of the legislature to have the motion passed.