Saturday, October 24, 2015

MLA's week, October 20-22, 2015

A shorter than usual week for our MLA's this one, with our provincial representatives allowed Monday off in order to vote in the Federal election, making for a three day work week just completed.

When they did return to work, the main theme by the end of the week would be the release of a report from Elizabeth Denham the Information and Privacy Commissioner for B. C., who delivered a very critical report of the way the Liberal Government of Christy Clark handles information and inquiries for it.

The Privacy Commissioner's report was the main focus of the final day of the week, with the NDP's front row of opposition critics including leader John Horgan firing question after question towards Cabinet Minister Amrik Virk.

Earlier in the week, Mr. Horgan's NDP caucus tackled a number of themes related to the Ministry of Children and Families, see here and here,  a topic once again dominated by the front bench opposition members.

That it seems left little time for the rest of the NDP  back bench to take to the question periods through the week. A trend noted by the one contribution on the week from the North Coast MLA, as Ms. Rice spoke during during the discussion on the topic of Electoral Boundaries on Thursday afternoon.

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 formally listed once in the archive of participants for the five sessions of the Legislature in the House, or those related to House Committee work listed for the week of October 20-22.

On Friday, we offered up some background on the Privacy Commissioners Report, which in part focused on missing emails related to Highway 16 Transportation issues and the Highway of Tears concerns, you can review that item below:

Deleted emails case turned over to RCMP for investigation

Ms. Rice's contribution to the Legislature week in Victoria involved her observations related to work of the Electoral Boundaries Commission, which released its review for consideration by the Legislature, in the case of the North Coast riding, the recommendation is that no changes be made to the current boundaries.

North Coast MLA outlines satisfaction with Electoral Boundaries Commission findings

The North Coast MLA is also a member of the Committee on Children and Youth, however that Committee did not meet this week.

Members of the Legislature return to their work on Monday morning.

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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