FREDERICTON — Politicians in New Brunswick would not be allowed to cross the floor of the legislature to join another party under a private member’s bill introduced Tuesday that the provincial government says it will support.
The legislation tabled by Progressive Conservative member Wayne Steeves would require a politician who leaves his or her caucus to sit as an Independent or quit to run in a byelection if they want to be a member of another party.
“When you run for a political party, you run on their platform, and you should stay there,” Steeves said.
Steeves said he has also heard that message from constituents.
“I know if I voted for someone in my riding and I voted for him or her because I believe in what their platform stands for, that they shouldn’t take my vote and throw it aside and cross the floor,” he said.
Government house leader Paul Robichaud said the government will support the legislation, which the Tories promised in their 2010 election platform in an effort to
Manitoba has had a similar law in place since 2006.
Liberal Opposition house leader Bill Fraser said his party will have to discuss the bill before deciding if they will support it.
The current session of the provincial legislature — the final session before a provincial election on Sept. 22 — is expected to wrap up in the next couple of weeks.