12/06/2012 11:05 EST | Updated 02/05/2013 05:12 EST

Unelected political leaders get spot in New Brunswick legislature

FREDERICTON - Unelected leaders of political parties in New Brunswick have new privileges in the provincial legislature.

The Legislative Administrative Committee has agreed to set aside seating in the public gallery for the leaders of the Liberal, New Democrat, Green and People's Alliance parties.

They will be allowed to use their mobile devices and issued security passes rather than having to get a daily visitor's pass.

Green party leader David Coon says he's pleased that members on both sides of the house supported the changes.

He calls it the first step towards democratic reform.