British Columbia

No fall legislature session for B.C.

The B.C. government is not planning on recalling the legislature for a fall sitting – a choice the Opposition says is a mistake.
The floor B.C. legislature won't be the scene of any debate until February, the government says. (CBC)

The B.C. government is not planning to recall the legislature this fall, says House Leader Mike de Jong.

De Jong said Thursday the Liberals will spend the fall meeting with constituents and ensuring British Columbians get to know Premier Christy Clark's new cabinet ministers.

Last week, Clark shuffled her cabinet after several veteran ministers, including Kevin Falcon, George Abbott and Blair Lekstrom, announced they wouldn't be running in the May election.

Opposition New Democrat finance critic Bruce Ralston isn't surprised the Liberals aren't recalling the legislature this fall, but says it's a mistake.

Ralston said the Liberals have the opportunity in the fall to introduce new legislation and hold themselves accountable for their policies in the weeks prior to the election.

The legislature will resume sitting in February with a throne speech and the introduction of the budget.