Crane pleads for more time to speak in the Legislature

Colin MacLean
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SUMMERSIDE – Independent Progressive Conservative MLA Olive Crane is begging for more time to speak in the P.E.I. Legislature.

MLAs Richard Brown and Olive Crane spoke at the recent Standing Committee on Health and Social Development, adding their concerns to MLAs of all political stripes about the hardship medical travel costs is causing Islanders.

Crane, who was kicked out of the Progressive Conservative party last year, now sits alone in the Legislature and is only allowed a minimal amount of time to ask questions and participate in the running of the House.

She can’t properly do her job under those conditions, she said in a press release Friday morning.

"I am an opposition MLA and to do my job for people to hold the government accountable on issues that are important, I need more time in the legislature," said Crane.

"My motion on part-partum depression was extremely important, but there are many other motions equally important too, but I'll never get to call them because of not having enough delegated time.

"I take my job as an MLA very seriously; there are so many important issues that are not getting addressed.  I'm hoping the Speaker and legislative management agree that I get more legislative time."

Crane also pointed to a number of issues she has managed to raise with the limited time she has.

As an Independent MLA Crane has no official standing in the Legislature and is only allowed time to ask oral questions via a negotiated agreement with the Speaker.

She is allowed to submit as many written questions as she likes; of which she’s issued 200 over two sittings of the House.

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  • Janet
    May 02, 2014 - 20:36

    Jason; I can't believe anyone would be that nasty. I have never voted for Olive but she has given 110% to the Conservative Party and the people of PEI. She deserves some respect.

  • Jason
    May 02, 2014 - 17:36

    You had 6 years to talk as leader of the Opposition and you dropped the ball so bad that the PEI PC Party is in its worst shape of all time with no potential candidates to take over as leader for the election in less than 2 years. Sorry Olive! I recommend you go talk to Mike Redmond and see if you can be be the Government leader of the NDP Party. Might give you more questions. Stop calling yourself an Independent PC because they are not taking you back after the next election.