By-elections should be called within 30 days says Houston

October 15, 2019 at 11:48 am

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston will introduce a bill today that would require by-elections to be called quickly so constituents don’t go without representation.

The amendment to the House of Assembly Act requires the Premier to call a by-election within 30 days when an MLA vacates their seat.

“Giving Nova Scotians a voice in the Legislature should be the only consideration when a by-election is called,” said Houston. “A sitting government should not be able to wait for months until they think they have the best chance to win.”

Former Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River MLA Lenore Zann did not resign until the federal election campaign had begun, despite being nominated for weeks. The Premier has not set a date for a by-election and the people of the constituency will have no voice at the Legislature for the entire fall session.

Houston said this bill is a natural extension of the legislation the McNeil Liberals introduced last week. That bill requires MLAs to resign when they are nominated as a federal candidate.

“It’s time to put the needs of Nova Scotians ahead of the best interests of political parties,” Houston concluded. “That’s what this bill does.”