The Speaker of a Parliament or of any provincial legislature works for all the MLAs, not just the government ones. He’s neutral, in charge of keeping things fair, like a referee.
Which is why what happened yesterday in Alberta is such a scandal.
I’ll show you the speaker reading out a “ruling” on a motion — even though he hadn’t heard the arguments about that motion yet, from the NDP or opposition.
In other words, "his" ruling had already been typed out in advance.
When the MLA behind the motion pointed this out, the speaker kicked him out. You have to see this.
How many times has the legislature been rigged before? How can any MLA ever trust the Speaker again? How can any Albertan? And who is calling the shots?
This isn't democracy. It's democracy theatre...
Ric McIver is the Alberta PC leader, and the MLA who found himself on the wrong side of the speaker's ruling. He joins me to tell his side of the story.
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