11/02/2015 11:27 EST | Updated 11/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Ready, set, goad:Alberta legislature bogs down over beefs on slurs, start times

EDMONTON — Alberta's fall legislature session is off to a lurching start due to sniping and wrangling over the rules of the game.

The NDP government and the opposition Wildrose party have spent the first week of the session debating how much time should be devoted to the budget debate and whether the NDP is off-side in its criticism of the Wildrose.

The two sides also can't agree on a new plan to begin debating legislation in the morning rather than in the afternoon.

The NDP wants to start at 9 a.m. while the Wildrose wants it to be 10 a.m.

NDP house leader Brian Mason says the Wildrose is needlessly filibustering and needs to return to important work, such as debating the budget.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says it's about the larger issue of stopping the NDP from running roughshod over the rules of democracy.