WATCH: Delta South MLA wants applause banned during question period in the B.C. legislature
The clapping and desk-slapping that punctuates question period in the B.C. legislature could soon be a thing of the past if one MLA has her way.
Vicki Huntington, the Independent MLA for Delta South says behavior like this is deplorable and sets a bad example, particularly for school children who are often witness to the behavior.
It also wastes time which is a valuable commodity in question period which is limited to 30 minutes.
“This session alone we’ll have clapped our way through the equivalent of 7 entire questions periods, we’ll have lost time for over 100 questions just because of the applause, 20 minutes a week, 3 1/2 hours in this session, the equivalent of seven question periods, that’s ridiculous,” said Huntington.
Huntington says the National Assembly in Quebec has banned applause and they’ve seen an amazing and instant change.
Huntington is calling on party leaders and the speaker to meet and discuss the issue.