The Speaker of the House ensures the flow of business through the BC Legislature and that all observe legislative rules and traditions, both written and unwritten.
The Speaker is impartial and trusted.
They defend the rights and privileges of Members, including the right to freedom of speech. Diplomacy and the quiet management of the legislative assembly are cornerstones of this role.
“Sympathetic, firm, fair and honest at all times, with the ability
to remain above the fray of the House…” runs the list of traits needed to the role. Most importantly, the Speaker is respected and above reproach. fulfill
Peter Milliken served four parliaments, three prime ministers, over a decade and was the longest-serving House of Commons’ Speaker. His legacy includes landmark rulings on Parliament’s right to information. Most Canadians would shrug if you asked them who he was and what he did for Canada. That is as it should be.
Current protocol on the conduct of the Speaker goes back to a
Darryl Plecas is the current BC Legislative Assembly House Speaker.
He is disastrously inept at meeting the centuries-old criteria for Speaker. He is not trusted; he is far from unbiased and is so deep in the fray he can no longer responsibly hold the office.
Speakers have routinely had to deal with complex issues that
Speakers do not hold press conferences. They do not seek the limelight. They certainly do not conduct criminal investigations; if they did so, they would risk muddying the waters of that investigation and cause any charges to be thrown out as a result.
The RCMP is commissioned, trained, and funded to investigate criminal issues quietly raised by the Speaker.
Plecas has damaged public confidence in the BC Legislative Assembly,
he has lost the trust of its members and has trampled over unwritten and written traditions of the house without seeming to understand his responsibilities to maintain its dignity and smooth functioning.
“The Speaker viewed matters that concerned him through the lens of a police investigation and criminal prosecution, rather than the lens
During my time as a veteran advocate, I had the opportunity to meet with Peter Milliken, who advised us on how to maintain discussions with
The contrast between Darryl Plecas, our very own Darryl Do-Right, and the exemplary Peter Milliken is stark.
Darryl Plecas has created a toxic environment of dysfunction and distrust in the BC Legislature.