Saturday, May 30, 2015

MLA's week, May 25-28, 2015

The final week of the Spring session and the start of a summer break for MLA's brings an end to the May work schedule in Victoria.

A week which saw the North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice raise a number of items in both the Legislature and Committee sessions to wrap up the Legislative time table.

The most dramatic note of the week coming at the very end of the Spring session, with the revelations of alleged deleted emails related to the Highway of Tears by staff in the Ministry of Transportation, a topic which gave Ms. Rice opportunity to share her thoughts on the issue late into the week.

As well, she had comments related to a scathing report from the Representative for Children and Youth and raised a number of health care related issues in the Legislature to wind up the Spring session.

As we do at the end of each week of the Legislature session, we outline some of the main notes of interest from the North Coast MLA's work week.

Ms. Rice was listed four times in the archive of participants for the twelve sessions of the Legislature in the House, or those related to House Committee work listed for the week of May 25-28.

Among her contributions to the Legislature this week, her comments were part of a larger overview of the troubling allegations of the week related to deleted emails from the offices of the Ministry of Transportation.

May 29 -- The Highway of deleted information

As part of this weeks work of the Legislature Health Committee proceedings, Ms. Rice outlined her concerns over a recent report of health care services in the Northwest

May 28 -- Plans for Surgical services in Prince Rupert raised at Legislature Health Committee session

Other concerns related to paramedic services in the province raised during those Committee sessions of Tuesday afternoon can be reviewed here,  Ms. Rice's contribution to the discussion starts at the 15:00 mark

The week started off with a comprehensive review by the NDP opposition on a report released just before Victoria Day, a document that highlighted a number of concerns with the operations at the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

May 26 -- North Coast MLA raises Paige's story and issues of youth in Ministry care during Question Period

On Monday, Ms. Rice also participated in a session of the Health Committee raising a number of issues related to Rural Health Services, you can review that participation from the Legislature record for Monday, her commentary starts at the 17:00 mark.

The North Coast MLA is also a member of the Committee on Children and Youth, that Committee met on May 27th, however, Ms. Rice had no contributions to the discussion other than a few introductions at that session.

The Members of the Legislature will now await further instruction from the Speaker, with the summer break perhaps to be interrupted by the Liberal Government's plans to move forward with their recent agreement with the Malaysian energy company Petronas on LNG development.

Until that call to return to the debate, the MLA's will be returning to their ridings until the fall, the timetable of future sessions to be determined by the Government House Leader.

There is more background on the North Coast MLA available from our MLA's Week archive as well as our General Archive on the Legislature.

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