March 7, 2017 3:58 pm
Updated: May 16, 2017 5:55 pm

Angela Kokott: Question? Why Question Period?

Provincial politicians are back at the Alberta legislature

Caley Ramsay, Global News
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Nice to see our provincial politicians back at it. They’ve had plenty of time away from the legislature and so much has happened during that time.

Topping that list is a “little” thing called the carbon levy, which we all know is a tax. That “tax” topped the list of questions opposition MLAs posed during question period.

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Wildrose Leader Brian Jean started things off with a question on the tax, wrapped in strong criticism of the government. Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman fired back with a response that took a shot at the current instability on the political “right.”

This, Alberta voters, is politics in action. Questions are more like statements. Answers are more like rebuttals. The whole charade is a waste of time. Nothing is accomplished during question period except the puffing of chests.

Jean had promised to bring decorum to the legislature. He’s not the first to make such a promise and it’s not the first time the promise has been lost among the hand-slapping and jeering from our elected officials.

Sitting back, watching and listening to it all are Albertans with the real question:

“Is this how we get things done?”

Many Canadians hold a low opinion of politicians and you only have to watch question period to understand why.

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