Friday, May 20, 2016

Spring session at BC Legislature comes to an end

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice and
all MLA's marked the end of the
Spring Session yesterday
Pass the sun tan lotion and save them a chair at the beach or the lake, British Columbia's MLA's have left the building.

The 2016 Spring Session in Victoria came to an end with the Thursday morning session, with Linda Reid the Speaker of the Legislature bidding the MLA's a fond farewell and safe travels until they meet again.

The spring of 2016 was at times a testy affair, with both the NDP and the ruling Liberals seemingly testing out some of the potential themes that will mark the 2017 election campaign to come.

In the final week of the Spring Session, North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice had a light workload, with the only item of note her participation in the Committee Session of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth. At that Thursday morning session, Ms. Rice offered up two questions for Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the Representative for Children and Youth.

You can review her commentary and the full scope of the session from the minutes of the Committee meeting here.

Through the Spring Session which started with the Speech from the Throne in February, environmental issues and items related to health tended to dominate Ms. Rice's contributions to the discussion in the Legislature.

Much of her focus over the last three months was marked by her concerns over the issue of lead in the water supply of schools in Prince Rupert and in other communities of the province.

You can review our archive of notes on her work from two locations, through our MLA's Week review which tracks Ms. Rice's contributions in the Legislature, other notes on provincial politics can be from our Archive page, that portal is dedicated to items of general interest related to the political developments out of Victoria.

You can also find more items on the provincial scene from our political blog D'Arcy McGee, which features a daily overview of the most noteworthy stories in British Columbia.

For the most part, MLA's will now return to their constituencies to gain feedback on their work in Victoria over the last session and to take the pulse of the communities that they serve to focus on the issues that are key to the people who send them to the provincial capital.

The timetable for a return for MLA's is not as of yet known, though barring any unforeseen circumstances through the summer, the elected representatives will not meet again in the formal setting of the Legislature until sometime this fall.

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