The Canadian Press

Posted: May 7, 2012 1:21 PM MT

Last Updated: May 7, 2012 1:20 PM MT


Alberta’s new official opposition is seeking more office space and more time to ask questions and present ideas in the legislature.

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith has made the request in an letter to Premier Alison Redford.

In it, Smith says changes need to be made to ensure a healthier exchange of ideas.

She wants the number of questions given her party during question period increased from nine to 12 each day.

Smith also wants a block of time twice a month for her and the other opposition parties to propose legislation.

There is also the matter of office space; the Wildrose has a floor and a half in a building beside the legislature, but Smith says they need two floors.

The idea of more questions to opposition parties on the surface seems like a good idea, if they are used as question period is intended to actually aid legislation in becoming better for Albertans, and not just petty pro-wrestling style soundbite bickering.
The idea of a few days for “opposition days” like in the Federal Minority days is also a good idea if each opposition party gets the opportunity and these bills and all bills are put to FREE votes.
But the office space??? C’mon…suck it up and quit wanting to squander more tax payer money, Ahem, Danielle your Tory is showing with that one.

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