Both men threatened the motion’s filing on Monday if Premier McKeeva Bush had not stepped aside from his leadership position by Thursday in the wake of three separate criminal investigations.
On Friday, just before noon, the motion was filed. It was the second such ‘lack of confidence’ motion to be filed against Mr. Bush’s government during its current term in office. The first taken in the Legislative Assembly failed on a party line vote.
According to the 2009 Constitution Order, a two-thirds vote of assembly members is required to effect the removal of the government. If 10 out of 15 ‘yes’ votes on the motion are received, the governor would have two options – reform the government under his own authority or dissolve parliament and call for a general election.
Mr. McLaughlin admitted Friday that the opposition party does not particularly care for either option. He urged the ruling United Democratic Party government members to act and replace Mr. Bush as Premier with either Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly or another Cabinet member.
The UDP has not issued any statements on the matter, although both publicly and privately members have defended Premier Bush. Mr. Bush has absolutely refused to step aside.
The motion filed by Messrs. McLaughlin and Miller will require a formal waiver of the 5-days notice given to LA motions by the Speaker of the House.
“This is not a matter which we could have anticipated prior to the start of the current meeting,” Mr. McLaughlin said, asking for the Speaker to set aside the normal timeline to hear the motion as a “matter of national importance”.