Fredericton – The provincial government has laid out its proposed legislative calendar for the third session of the legislative assembly, which is expected to run from November 2016 to November 2017.
“We have brought forward rule changes to modernize proceedings, similar to how our neighbouring provinces conduct legislative business,” said government house leader Rick Doucet, who is MLA for Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West.
“Last year, for the first time in New Brunswick, we published a legislative calendar to provide predictability for MLAs, media and the public. We are doing so again this year, and will go a step further by asking the legislature to formally adopt the calendar.”
The government will propose a motion early in the session to adopt its proposed sitting calendar. This is in response to best practices in several other provinces and to a recommendation by the Green Party.
The proposed legislative calendar is as follows, by week or month:
House: Nov. 2, 9 and 16; Dec. 6 and 13; Jan. 31; Feb. 7; March 14, 21 and 28; April 25 and May 2.
Committee: Nov. 22; Jan. 17; Feb. 14, 21 and 28; April 11 and 18; Sept. 26; Oct. 3 and 10.
Constituency: Dec. 20 and 27; Jan. 3, 10 and 24; April 4; May 9, 16, 23 and 30; full months of July and August; Sept. 5, 12 and 19.
March break: March 7.
Additionally, in respect of the right of opposition parties to prolong debate on legislation, the government has set aside the following weeks for supplementary sittings, if required.
This is similar to the longstanding federal practice in Ottawa:
Supplementary committee weeks: June 6 and 13.
Supplementary house weeks: June 20 and 27.