Alberta Party MLA Guidelines - Our MLAs will behave differently
Posted on April 10, 2012 by Richard Einarson
In response to some of the recent attention paid to the issue of how MLAs conduct themselves in the legislature, the Alberta Party issued the following statement today.
EDMONTON - April 10, 2012 - The Alberta Party has a firm commitment to openness, transparency, democracy and innovation in the way our party conducts its business. With other parties starting to discuss their ideas for the behaviour of MLAs it is worth reminding everyone that the Alberta Party released guidelines for the behaviour of Alberta Party MLAs in November 2010.
Highlights from our guidelines include:
- Alberta Party MLAs will be required to engage their constituents on a regular basis using a combination of on-line and traditional communication tools, including Twitter, Facebook, coffee parties and town halls.
- Alberta Party MLAs will conduct themselves in a professional manner. This includes treating all other members of the legislature with politeness and respect.
- Alberta Party MLAs will be free to vote their conscience on all votes except 1) an Alberta Party budget or 2) a bill that was a published part of the Alberta Party’s platform.
- Alberta Party MLAs will post their voting record and reasons why they voted for or against a particular resolution on their websites.
“The role of an MLA is not to represent the party to their constituents; it is to represent their constituents to the party and the legislature.” Says Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor. “However, that doesn’t mean that MLAs are simply polling and voting machines. Rather, Alberta Party MLAs are to ensure that they consider their constituents views prior to casting their vote in the legislature."