Very poor time management by the PCs and NDP in this session results in a lack of accountability as estimates for many departments were never completed.
Today is the last day of the Legislative Session. Many bills were given royal ascent. But at the same time there were remarkable problems with the way the PCs and NDPs managed the time of the Legislature. As an example of the problems, we were unable to complete the 100 hours of time in estimates that is usually taken for this process. Even more surprising is that many departmental estimates were never even considered.
Departmental estimates for Growth Enterprise and Trade, for Municipal Relations, for Sports, Culture and Heritage, for the Civil Service Commission, for the Legislative Assembly, for Employee Pensions and other costs and for the enabling and other appropriations were not considered at all. It is in fact astonishing that the estimates for Growth Enterprise and Trade were never considered since this is the main economic department for the government. How could such a thing happen? Well, sad to say, it was terrible organization by the PCs and the NDP in how time was managed during this last session of the Manitoba Legislature.
I brought this forward earlier today in the Manitoba Legislature as a Matter of Privilege. In my view, a Legislature which does not even consider the Departments of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Municipal Relations and Sports, Culture and Heritage has a major problem. Manitoba Liberals will continue to stand for much better democracy and much better accountability of government than this.