Anna-Maja Henriksson, the chairperson of the Swedish People’s Party, has expressed her bewilderment with the political quarrel that broke out yesterday over the timetable of the social, health care and regional government reform.
“It has been saddening to follow the latest twists in the row,” she stated. “We should calm down and re-establish a constructive debate culture.”
Henriksson is a member of the Parliament’s Constitutional Law Committee, which will review the reform bill after it has passed through the Social Affairs and Health Committee.
The ruling three-party coalition has reportedly implored the committee to finalise its statement on the reform bill by the end of next month. The committee, however, yesterday failed to reach an agreement even on whether or not it will convene to discuss the reform in July, with its meeting reportedly ending in a flurry of fierce accusations between members of the ruling and opposition parties.
“Even if the Social Affairs and Health Committee was unable to finalise its statement in August, it wouldn’t be the end of the world,” reminded Henriksson.
“You easily get the impression that our country is in a some kind of state of emergency,” she added. “That’s naturally not the case. The summer recess is nothing out of the ordinary. It’s the Parliament, if anything, that has to comply with the working time act and annual holidays act, as well as to see to the well-being of its employees.”
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) on Wednesday said he expects the statement to be submitted during the course of July, warning that if the deadline is not met the establishment of counties would be postponed by a year.
“It unfortunately looks like this has had an effect on the situation by making representatives feel like they’re being pressured by the government. This is very regrettable,” said Henriksson.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi