Speaker instructs MLAs to leave personal matters out of chamber
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Legislative Assembly speaker Jackie Jacobson has ruled on a disagreement between Transportation minister Dave Ramsay and Yellowknife Centre MLA Robert Hawkins.
Jacobson ruled on a point of order Hawkins raised in the House on May 23 during question period after Hawkins accused Ramsay of alleging false motive.
The accusation came after Hawkins felt Ramsay's use of the word "nefarious" to describe the tone of a question suggested a falsehood being done by Hawkins on the negotiations between Deton Cho Corporation and the GNWT.
Jacobson said there was no point of order and warned both about their future conduct.
"This house is not a theater it may be that way in other jurisdictions but not here. We are elected by the people to lead not to entertain each other or entertain the viewing public," said Jacobson.
Jacobson also asked members to leave personal matters at the door when they come into the chamber.
“Whatever is going on behind the scenes I want members leave it at the chamber doors when you come in here,” he said. “Focus on the work of the people when we're in here."
Jacobson said ministers have options when they're asked questions, including refusing to answer them if they're asked.
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