The embarrassing attendance record in the legislature of Manning MacDonald these past 4 years fell to Stephen McNeil to correct. McNeil did nothing. And so Manning MacDonald went on vacation to Florida for the month of April as the 2013 Spring Session began. And when it finally became a political issue for Stephen McNeil, he defended Manning MacDonald’s Florida trip.
What should Stephen McNeil have done?
1. Demand Manning MacDonald show up to work in the Legislature.
2. If Manning refused to sit in his place in the Legislature, toss him out of Caucus.
Tory MLA Chris d’Entremont is right to criticize Stephen McNeil as he stood by, and now defends, the prolonged vacation by the Liberal MLA.
“Leaders expect their MLAs to show up for work. Why is it ok with Stephen McNeil for one of his Liberal MLAs to take a month-long Florida vacation during the Legislative session? That is not leadership and Nova Scotians deserve better.”