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article imageBC lawmakers reconvene for four days

By Gibril Koroma     Feb 14, 2011 in Politics
Victoria - The BC legislature is open again for business after a closure of about 256 days. The news, which has surprised many people here including some MLAs is centred on a discussion of the current budget tabled by Finance minister Colin Hansen.
Hanson, who, rather curiously, is not one of the contestants for the BC Liberals leadership, said today that there will be a preliminary discussion of the budget which can receive fully attention after a new Liberal leader and premier is chosen February 26 and would be fully debated after the BC NDP have chosen their own new leader next April.
A new premier might also bring a new perspective to the budget or revise it, he added.
The legislature will go into hibernation again on Thursday and Rich Coleman the Liberals Government House leader said a new premier might however request the legislature to resume any time after February. He added that he had never seen such a situation in his political career of over 30 years. The four-day session has been derided in some quarters. Some commentators have called it a "fling", while others call it a "love in."
Meanwhile campaigning for the Liberal leadership position is getting more and more fierce with some candidates launching subtle attacks on their opponents. There is also a competition on how many new members each candidate is able to bring to the party. Closer attention is also being paid to the BC interior. The front-runners so far are Christy Clark, George Abbot, Mike de Jong and Kevin Falcon.
On the NDP side the leadership race is as yet not as heated as that of the Liberals probably because some prospective candidates are waiting to see who emerges as Liberal leader before they throw their hats into the ring. The front runners for now are Adrian Dix and Mike Farnworth.
A lack-lustre speech from the throne was read today by Lieuteneant-Governor Steven Point. Point said nothing unexpected, dwelling on the accomplishments of the Liberals under Gordon Campbell.
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