Monday, November 26, 2018

BC Legislature Speaker Darryl Plecas has the power to eject one, or all, BC Liberal MLAs, to maintain order.

With all the drama taking place in Victoria over the actions of the Speaker of the House, the public should keep in mind this, from his Darryl Plecas BC Leg Bio:
His most recent book, which he co-authored in his current role as professor emeritus at the University of the Fraser Valley, focuses on how government professionals can make better decisions.
The Book:  Introduction to Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practices and Thinking


It appears that Plecas has taken a page out of his co-authored  book to focus on ......the matters at hand, since January, August, November 2018

Speaker Plecas is wielding a mighty large verbal stick once he sits in his Chair in the Legislature.

https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/speaker
If an MLA does not obey the rules and makes inappropriate or discourteous remarks, the Speaker will ask the member to withdraw those remarks. If the member does not comply with the Speaker's instructions, the Speaker has the power to order the MLA to withdraw from the Chamber for the day. For more serious offences, the Speaker "names" the MLA, which means the MLA may be suspended from the Legislative Assembly without pay for anywhere from one to 15 days.

If the MLA refuses to leave the Chamber as requested, the Speaker may ask the Sergeant-at-Arms to remove the member. In such a case, the offending member may be suspended for the balance of the session.

 MLA Speaker Darryl Plecas Bio via the BC Legislature

Prior to his election as MLA, Dr. Plecas was the RCMP Senior University Research Chair and Director for the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he worked for 34 years. He holds two degrees in criminology from Simon Fraser University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of British Columbia. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 books, international journal articles, and research reports addressing a broad range of public safety issues. His most recent book, which he co-authored in his current role as professor emeritus at the University of the Fraser Valley, focuses on how government professionals can make better decisions.

1 comment:

e.a.f. said...

Yes, they can order an MLA out of the Leg. Do recall it happening from time to time in days past. Was actually pretty funny.