Yet to come are some of most significant ministries

NDP faces calendar crunch to get things done as promised

canada goose store VICTORIA As Premier John Horgan prepared to head out to Ottawa for the pipeline summit this week, the legislature adjourned with less uk canada goose outlet than Canada Goose Online half the days remaining on the sitting schedule and much still to be done on the NDP’s ambitious agenda. canada goose store

buy canada goose jacket cheap Only a dozen or so bills have been tabled so far. Yet to come are Canada Goose Parka promised legislation to reform auto insurance, critical to cabinet minister David Eby’s vow to Canada Goose Jackets cap claims and rein in costs at the troubled Insurance Corp. buy canada goose jacket cheap

Canada Goose sale The legislative package, involving changes to some 12 pieces of provincial legislation and touching on everything from impaired driving to tenancy to sales and distribution won’t canada goose store be ready until after the next break in the spring schedule, I’m told. Canada Goose sale

That means the potentially contentious measures will be tabled on or about May 7, when there are just a dozen days of sittings left for debate and scrutiny.

canada goose deals The delays are telling because the New Democrats cited the ICBC and cannabis legislation as justification for delayed action on the enabling legislation for the controversial speculation tax. and elsewhere to guess about the precise application of the legislation until then. canada goose deals

cheap Canada Goose The jam up on canada goose uk shop the government legislative agenda has also affected the NDP’s partners in power sharing, the Greens. Innovation Council, has made it through the house so far. cheap Canada Goose

canada goose coats on sale Apart from legislation, much remains to be done on what is usually the main business of the spring session, approving the spending estimates canada goose coats (budgets) for government ministries. canada goose coats on sale

canada goose clearance Only five of 20 ministries have made uk canada goose it through the estimates process and been approved so far. Yet to come are some of most significant ministries, including those dealing with health, finance, Attorney General, housing, jobs, energy and natural gas, child care and child protection, social assistance and Indigenous relations. canada goose canada goose clearance clearance

Canada Goose online Still, government house leader Mike Farnworth insists the myriad holdups have nothing to do with distractions like the current imbroglio over the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion or the back and forth on the speculation tax. Canada Goose online

Rather he says it is a result of the complexity of the bills, some canada goose clearance sale overload in the drafting cheap Canada Goose process itself, and, canada goose uk black friday in the case of cannabis, holdups at the federal level.

canada goose clearance sale As buy canada goose jacket cheap for auto insurance reform, Attorney General David Eby, whose ministry includes both the legislative drafting team and responsibility for ICBC, is handling the excuses on that front. “We’ll take the time to get it right. We’ll be introducing it this session canada goose factory sale and there will be time to debate it.” canada goose clearance sale

canada goose black friday sale But I gather not everyone on the government side is as confident as Eby. I’m hearing the ICBC bill might have to be put over until fall, or else necessitate an extension of the spring session into June. canada goose black friday sale

Farnworth has so far ruled out the possibility, insisting there will be no need to extend the session beyond the scheduled May 31 adjournment.

canadian goose jacket If need be, he says, he could add a “another house” meaning send additional estimates for debate to one of the legislative committee rooms, as has been done in the past. canadian goose jacket

The NDP house leader’s confidence notwithstanding, the management of the legislative workload is not entirely in Canada Goose Outlet the hands of the government. The Opposition can and does use its power to string out debate on legislation and ministry budgets.

canada goose Witness what has been happening lately with the ministry canada goose of environment canada goose outlet and canada goose black friday sale climate change, bailiwick of cabinet minister George Heyman. Liberals, particularly MLAs Mike de Jong and Peter Milobar, have used the estimates process to elicit some surprising admissions from Heyman. canada goose

Canada Goose Parka Most notably, the minister acknowledged this week that the New Democrats have known since the day they took office that their election promise to “stop” the Kinder Morgan project was untenable “inappropriate and unlawful,” as Heyman put it. Canada Goose buy canada goose jacket Parka

Canada Goose Outlet There was also a telling exchange where Heyman discounted the significance of a similar stop the pipeline project clause in canada goose uk outlet the NDP’s power sharing agreement with the Greens. Canada Goose Outlet

buy canada goose jacket The vow was no longer operative, he explained, because it was made before the NDP assumed the reins of power and canadian goose jacket gained access to legal advice that stopping the project was not within provincial jurisdiction. buy canada goose Canada Goose sale jacket

Canada Goose Jackets The New Democrats would rather not invoke memories of that ugly experience this soon in their term. canada goose coats on sale But unless they can get bills and estimates moving through the pipeline faster than they have managed so far, cheap canada goose uk they may soon face a choice between extending the session or postponing more business to the fall Canada Goose Jackets.