Saturday, September 23, 2017

MLA's Week: September 18-21, 2017

Statements to the House and a defence of the approach that the NDP government is taking on the issue of the Site C Hydro electric development made for the themes for North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice this week.

Ms. Rice was to her duties early in the week with some spirited remarks on the Site C issue making for her first real opportunity to engage with the Liberal opposition on a major topic in the fall session.

Earlier in the week Ms Rice had also made note of the success of the Port of Prince Rupert and offered up her tribute to the work of Don Krusel the President and CEO of the Port who retired earlier this month.

Ms. Rice also had two statements of note related to the passing of two well known environmentalists in the province, sharing her personal experiences related to Twyla Roscovich and Bruce Hill with the Legislature.

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

On the week, Ms Rice was listed three times in the accounts of the sessions of the Legislature from September 18 to 21.

The North Coast MLA started the week off on Monday morning, taking on observations from Liberal MLA Dan Davies who had chastised the governing Liberals for their handling of Site C Hydro electric project.

As she rose in response, the MLA provided for a number of government talking points on the theme, as she delivered her defence of the NDP's review of the project.

MLA Rice responds on Site C observations and themes of energy as part of Legislature discussion

Monday afternoon  Ms. Rice provided a tribute to the lives of two environmental leaders in the province who recently passed away, delivering statements and sharing memories on the lives of Twyla Roscovich and Bruce Hill.

North Coast MLA pays tribute to environmental leaders recently passed

On Tuesday afternoon, the North Coast MLA delivered an update on some of the recent events at the Port of Prince Rupert, including an account of the opening of the Fairview Container Terminal expansion project. As well, she presented a tribute to the work and vision of Port of Prince Rupert President and CEO Don Krusel, who retired earlier this month.

MLA shares success of port and pays tribute to Don Krusel with Legislature statement

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.

Some other notes on the week with a Northwest focus included:

Northwest MLA Ellis Ross also had a productive session at the Legislature this week, with the Skeena MLA engaging in a spirited discussion with Health Minister Adrian Dix on issues related to the proposed Mills Memorial Hospital replacement program.

Mills Memorial Hospital topic of Legislature discussion Wednesday

Another theme that may at some point become part of the Legislature discussion and of interest for the North Coast MLA comes from the Hereditary Chiefs of the Lax Kw'alaams.

This week they issued a statement calling attention to their concerns on a proposed Oil Tanker moratorium and providing some thoughts on the Great Bear Rainforest and any potential impact that it may have on their territory.

Hereditary Chiefs of Lax Kw'alaams speak out again on Oil Tanker Moratorium and Great Bear Rainforest

With the UBCM convention taking place in Vancouver from September 25 to 29, there will be no sessions of the Legislature during this coming week.

The Legislature will return to its work on Monday morning, October 12nd.

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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