Saturday, July 30, 2016

MLA's week July 25-28, 2016

Vacation plans and summer event schedules were interrupted this week as MLA's were summoned to Victoria to discuss and vote on a pair of issues related to the province's Human Rights Act and Vancouver's current real estate speculation situation.

The session which was called earlier in the month, found MLA's back in their seats from July 25-28 to review the Liberal government's two agenda points, as well as to raise other items of note that have been percolating since the Legislature last sat in session back in May.

On the week, Ms Rice was listed four times in the account of the sessions of the Legislature from July 25 to 28.

On Monday morning, the North Coast MLA offered up some observations related to the NDP's Power BC proposals, focusing on how the NDP would approach the use of BC Hydro differently that the Liberals.

NDP outline Power BC energy plan for British Columbia

Monday afternoon found the MLA speaking out as part of the discussion on the Liberal government's amendment to the Human Rights Act, outlining some of her disappointment in the comments from some on the government side of the house, while providing some personal notes on the topic for the Legislature to consider.

Jennifer Rice takes to Legislature floor to speak on Bill 27 changes to Human Rights Act

Tuesday morning provided Ms. Rice to provide a tribute to a North Coast business, as she spoke to how the Wheelhouse Brewing Company has added to the Prince Rupert social scene.

MLA celebrates local brewery with comments to Legislature

The MLA also sought to learn more about the status of the province's Air Shed report and the findings for the Prince Rupert region, asking a short question on the theme of Environment Minister Mary Polak in the Thursday morning session.

Ms. Rice was advised that it was anticipated that the report would be released shortly. (see the 11:00 AM mark of the Legislature Minutes to read more of that short exchange.

Ms. Rice is also a member of the Committee on Children and Youth, however that Committee did not meet during the course of the last week.

With the two main issues of the summer session addressed by Thursday afternoon, the Legislature was adjourned at just after 5:30.

The brief return to Legislature duties now complete, members will now once again scatter across the province and beyond. Making for a little bit of constituency work to be mixed in with some down time as they head through the summer months and the call, sometime this fall for a return to Victoria.

A period of time where the real preamble to the 2017 election will begin to take shape.

For Ms. Rice the departure from Victoria was set to take her to Haida Gwaii this weekend, where she planned to take part in the ceremony surrounding the raising of a Unity Pole in Skidegate.

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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