SUMMERSIDE â€“ Independent Progressive Conservative MLA Olive Crane is begging for more time to speak in the P.E.I. Legislature.
© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
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 canâ€™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 sheâ€™s issued 200 over two sittings of the House.