Today in Parliament NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad tried to ask an urgent question about the deportation of Professor Pal Ahluwalia.
The question was:
Can the Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration inform Parliament of the specific breaches of section 13 of the Immigration Act committed by Professor Pal Ahluwalia and his wife Ms Sandra Price?
Under Parliament’s rules (Standing Order 43) a Member of Parliament may ask an urgent question if the question is of urgent character the it relates to a matter of public importance
The Speaker, however, refused the question. He ruled that it was not urgent and it was not important.
How can the Speaker say that these questions are not urgent or important?
The Speaker said that Parliament must “respect the doctrine of separation of powers.”
He did not explain what he meant. Is he saying that Parliament cannot question the Government? But that is one of the main reasons that Parliament exists.
Parliament is there to check on and question the actions of the government in power and the way it behaves.
NFP is issuing a public statement because its MPs are not allowed to. Under the Standing Orders of Parliament (No 29A) its MPs may not communicate directly with the people through a press release while Parliament is sitting.