Critics say UCP government subverting review of act that gave ministers sweeping powers - 2020-06-27
United Conservative Party members have voted to control the focus, and limit the public scrutiny, of a contentious public health act that gave cabinet ministers the authority to write laws and create new penalties without the approval of the legislature, critics say.
At the first meeting of the Select Special Health Act Review Committee Wednesday, UCP MLAs used their majority to create a subcommittee. The subcommittee will produce recommendations, in private and off the record, about which parts of the act will be reviewed, and which witnesses, if any, will be called to testify before the whole committee.
Because the UCP also holds majority on the whole committee, the subcommittee's recommendations will effectively only be those of the UCP MLAs.