Sponsors: NCLGA Executive
WHEREAS local MLA’s, cabinet ministers and critics can learn about key regional issues at area association meetings;
AND WHEREAS area association meetings provide opportunities for local government officials to meet with MLA’s, cabinet ministers and critics:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM request the provincial government schedule the legislative session to facilitate the ability of local MLA’s, cabinet ministers and critics to attend local area association meetings.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously considered the matter of synchronizing area association spring conventions with the provincial legislative calendar. The Committee notes that each area association has the ability to set its own convention dates, but these convention dates are booked at least a year in advance of the event. However, the Legislative Calendar is not usually made public until early in the new year, so coordinating dates can be challenging in the absence of knowing when the House is in session.
A challenge that occasionally arises is the scheduling of two area association conventions during the same week, which limits the ability of Ministers and party leaders to attend both events. In the past, these scheduling challenges have been addressed through Area Association Presidents and Executive Directors.
We would also note that with a minority government it is currently challenging for MLAs to get leave of their House duties to attend outside meetings.