Two dozen renowned professors from Memorial and from universities up-along want the Davis Tories to withdraw its legislation to cut the number of seats in the House of Assembly.
Bill 42 was rushed and did not reflect evidence based decision making or public input but the whim of a dying majority government, aided and abetted by the Official Opposition. The anti-democratic government picked a populist measure and the Liberals fell for it hook, line and sinker rather than take a principled stand against the obvious rushed political maneuvering.
The seriousness of the democratic deficit and leadership vacuum facing our province is evident when our esteemed academics feel they must become engaged publicly to demand the best outcomes for the citizens of our province and protect our democratic institutions from partisan interference.
Please find the letter for your consideration. It continues after the break.
January 25, 2015
House of Assembly
Newfoundland and Labrador
PO Box 8700
St. John’s, NL
We the undersigned would like to express our extreme disappointment at
the manner in which Bill 42, An Act to Amend the Electoral Boundaries Act
(2015), has been hurriedly pushed through the House of Assembly.
While improvements to the democratic governance of the province are
desirable, and Members’ attention to this issue is valuable, the changes
contained in Bill 42 only further undermine the effectiveness of the House
of Assembly. As an institution, the House is intended to act as
representative of the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador, and as a
check on the executive power of cabinet and the office of the premier. The
proposal to cut the number of seats diminishes its ability to fulfill those
roles. To put it bluntly, the legislation is undemocratic and ill-informed.