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Conservatives end boycott of committee meetings

The Tory caucus is ending a short-lived boycott of committee meetings.

The Tory caucus is ending a short-lived boycott of committee meetings.

The Progressive Conservative caucus sent out a statement yesterday regarding its intent to attend today’s Public Accounts committee meeting.

Tory Cecil Clarke announced earlier this month he and his party would refuse to attend future meetings after storming out of one on June 9. The NDP majority on the committee had just voted, over the strenuous objection of opposition members, to cancel a scheduled appearance of gaming executives.

Clarke accused the NDP of running a “parliamentary dictatorship” and in an interview with Metro went so far as to say Premier Darrell Dexter should “get his head out of his arse.”

Clarke said it’s basically pointless for opposition members to show up to committees since the premier’s office is going to manipulate the schedule.

Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil also accused the NDP of subverting the committee, but rejected the idea of a boycott.

 
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