As the spring sitting of the legislature came to a close yesterday evening, Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis signed off on 31 bills that were passed over the 22 day session.

Premier Rodney MacDonald said he was happy that the main focus of the spring sitting — the passing of the budget — was successful, but said he would have liked to have seen more bills passed.

A number of them were shelved, such as legislation that would put stricter parameters around sales at scrap metal yards to prohibit thieves from cashing in on stolen metals.


“It’s going to take a little longer and that’s the nature of minority government,” MacDonald said.

New Democrat Leader Darrell Dexter compared the last few days of the legislature to a “circus,” saying there wasn’t enough prior consultation on many of the bills tabled.


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