Saturday, October 21, 2017

MLA's Week: October 16-19, 2017

It was back to work for MLA's this week following their Thanksgiving Break of the 9th to 15th, with funding announcements among some of the themes of the last five days making for some news in the region.

For North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice, the work in the Legislature offered up one speaking engagement as she outlined the preparations for Thursday's Great BC Shake out program.

While Prince Rupert issues may not have gained much traction on the week in the Legislature, back in the riding, Victoria was very much on the mind of local officials as a number of topics made for discussion on the theme of municipal-provincial relations.

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

On the week, Ms Rice was listed once  in the accounts of the sessions of the Legislature from October 16 to 19.

Ms. Rice's moment in the Legislature spot light came on Wednesday, when speaking as the Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency preparedness, she reminded the members of the Legislature of Thursday's Great BC Shake Out exercise.

The North Coast's Ms. Rice, with some earthquake preparation advice

Prince Rupert and the North Coast and how the area engages with Victoria did however feature in some other notes on the week, included in the listings were:

Affordable housing results continue to elude Prince Rupert City Council
Media notes indicate John Horgan's coming to the Northwest and he's bringing a hard hat ...
Young Northwest entrepreneurs to benefit from Provincial funding
Councillor has high hopes for better relationship with Provincial government
Councillor Thorkelson seeks solutions for homeless residents as wetter, colder weather approaches
Prince Rupert organization to receive funding for Literacy program

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross also had opportunity to raise a few items of note on the week.

Among the areas explore at the Legislature, were his comments on Monday morning related to Diversity and Human rights,  while he put the focus on economic development for First Nations in the afternoon with questions on both the aquaculture and LNG industries.

Wednesday, Mr. Ross spoke at a Health Committee session, asking a number of questions related to the Mills Memorial Hospital replacement process.

The Legislature will return to their work on Monday morning, October 23rd.

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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