Saturday, September 16, 2017

MLA's Week: September 11-14, 2017

The Budget, delivered Monday by Finance Minister Carole James dominated the week in the Legislature, with members of the Legislature on all sides taking advantage of the week of debate to weigh in with observations on the NDP governments financial update

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice was among those speaking to the topic, providing her commentary as part of the speakers list from late Thursday afternoon.

Earlier in the week Ms Rice had also made note of the work of the emergency response workers that had spent the summer working the fire lines across BC as the wildfire season raged.

Our look at the work week that just concluded, can be found below:

On the week, Ms Rice was listed twice in the accounts of the sessions of the Legislature from September 11 to 14.

The North Coast MLA started the week off with a statement related to the summer long battle in the forests by emergency responders tackling the province's wildfire season, that opportunity also allowed the Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness to share some thoughts on that theme with the Legislature.

Fall debut for MLA Rice puts focus on Forest Fire Response and Emergency preparedness

Thursday afternoon Ms. Rice provided for her view on the recent Budget Document presented by Finance Minister Carole James, with the North Coast NDP MLA finding much from the document to celebrate.

North Coast MLA points to progress, optimism from NDP budget in Legislature speech

In the last session of the Legislature, Ms. Rice was a member of the Committee on Children and Youth, however, that Committee and many others have yet to announce who will serve on them as the Fall session moves forward.

One item of note that was not directly related to the Budget discussion of the Legislature, but has been a theme in Victoria for much of the last five years was LNG.

The topic once again formed a fair bit of the debate for this first week, With the opposition Liberals exploring the current status of the stalled industry and as the week came to an end making note of the reports breaking on Thursday that the highly touted Aurora LNG project had been cancelled.

Another LNG project is dropped on the North Coast, as Aurora LNG bows out

Stalling LNG ambitions and impact on North Coast noted by opposition in Debate on Throne Speech

And as noted previous, it was Budget week at the Legislature,  and on that topic we featured a trio of items to explore the themes of the update from the NDP Finance Minister on Monday.

A number of North Coast hopes on pause after BC Budget update

Education and Health gain increased spending as part of NDP Budget update

Finance Minister to tweak the budget at sessions' opening; in anticipation of the full budget of February

The Legislature will return to its work on Monday morning, September 18.

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.

A larger overview of provincial issues can be found on our political portal D'Arcy McGee

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