Saturday, February 13, 2016

MLA's week, February 9-11, 2016

The Spring Session for the British Columbia Legislature had its first sitting this week, a short three day spurt of work for the elected officials, which started with the Speech from the Throne on Tuesday, a blue print of the BC Liberal Government's plans for the session ahead.

As is usually the case in the first week back, Premier Clark's mission points for the session ahead provided for much of the following discussion over the course of Wednesday and Thursday's session.

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice spoke to theme of the Throne Speech on Thursday morning, her commentary taking the Government to task over a number of issues from the North Coast.

With a list of topics ranging from the Premier's comments related to those opposing LNG development at Lelu Island, the province's lack of engagement on Highway 16 transportation issues, as well as to what the MLA called the silence of the government to the closure of the Canadian Fish Cannery in Prince Rupert and the loss of jobs that will bring to the North Coast.

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 once in the archive of participants for the first four sessions of the Legislature in the House, or those related to her work on House Committees listed for the week of February 9 to 11.

Her contribution to the short week in the Legislature a Thursday morning presentation, where she provided a response to the Speech from the Throne.

MLA Rice dissects Liberals Speech from the Throne talking points

Late Friday, Ms. Rice also issued a media release following up on her comments from the Thursday speech, calling for an apology from the Premier for her comments related to those protesting LNG development at Lelu Island.

MLA expands on themes from Legislature speech; calls for apology from Premier Clark

For background on the Liberal Government's Speech from the Throne see our item below:

British Columbia Government holds to LNG ambitions, sets positioning points for year ahead

Ms Rice is also a member of the Committee on Children and Youth, however that Committee did not meet this week. The Committee did however hold its first session of 2016 in late January, Ms. Rice did not appear on the list of contributors to that session you can review those notes here.

Members of the Legislature return to the Chamber 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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