Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

What do you think? Should the Legislature dispense with some House traditions?

At the beginning of every daily sitting of the provincial Legislature, politicians of all stripes spend about the first hour making announcements, including condolences to the families of prominent members of their respective parties who have died, welcoming guests in the gallery or accomplished individuals on the floor of the House, and congratulatory messages that promote fundraising causes. 

Are these traditions a waste of time in getting the people's business done? Are they really necessary?

Please comment below.


  1. In places where I've worked, they call that "f#*king the dog", in other words, not doing your job.

  2. In these times of economic disparity, waste occurs with these announcements using up the work-hours of the Legislature. I have always been amazed at the continued use of prayer in the Legislature (and in other Municipal venues). The Province is made up of many religions and faiths, yet only the use of Christianity is offered. If we cannot honor all, then we should not use any. Religion should be kept separate from governments. We should not be using church halls for elections. If we need venues for this purpose, then let's use schools, they need the money too.

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