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Morning sittings approved at Alberta legislature

After two weeks of bickering between the NDP and the official Opposition Wildrose Party, the Alberta legislature finally passed the implementation of morning sittings.

Wildrose party unsuccessfully fought the change

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and his caucus fought the 9 a.m. start. (CBC )

After two weeks of bickering between the NDP and the official Opposition Wildrose Party, a plan was finally approved to have morning legislature sittings.

For years MLAs have started their day during sittings at 1:30 p.m. Under the new plan, they will convene at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, 10 a.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

The 10 a.m. start on Tuesdays will accommodate meetings by the public accounts committee, which meets from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

The governing NDP proposed the change in start times to reduce night sittings, arguing it will make the legislature more friendly to MLAs with young families.

The Wildrose Party fought the 9 a.m. start, insisting the move would allow the NDP to ram through legislation by sitting all day and all through the night.

However, NDP house leader Brian Mason responded that Wildrose MLAs just didn't want to get up in the morning.

The new hours will take effect starting Nov. 24.

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