Saturday, February 17, 2018

MLA's week: February 13-15, 2018

After  a break from the Legislature that lasted a bit over two months, MLA's returned to their desks this week with the Lieutenant Governor delivering the Speech from the Throne to chart the course forward for the new session ahead.

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon's address of Tuesday afternoon outlined the areas where the NDP government hopes to make progress on through the Spring, with a focus on housing, health care and rural initiatives among some of the notes that were delivered over the course of the near hour long presentation.

The Speech from the throne formed for much of the discussion that followed over the course of the three day work week, with many NDP and opposition Liberal members speaking to the themes delivered from Tuesday.

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 February 13 to 15.

Ms. Rice's contribution to the Legislature discussion list came Thursday morning, with her statement on emergency preparedness.

Legislature return brings Emergency Preparedness reminder from MLA Rice

Ms. Rice is also a member of the committees listed below, Transcripts of their work are available on the individual pages for each Committee.

Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs

Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

The North Coast MLA did find some controversy from the home constituency however, that after a speech at the Opening Ceremonies of the All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert hit the wrong note, requiring an apology from the MLA to the members of the Gingolx First Nation.

Jennifer Rice's humour falls flat at ANBT, MLA issues apology to Gingolx Nation


For our readers from the Terrace-Kitimat region, this week found Skeena MLA Ellis Ross as one of the lead speakers for the Liberals in response to the Speech from the Throne, with Mr. Ross providing for a range of themes to review on Wednesday evening.

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross returns to familiar themes in new session debate

Mr. Ross is also a member of the Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives, Transcripts of the work of that committee are available on the Legislature website

The Legislature will return to their work on Monday morning, February 19th.

One event of the week ahead to watch for, will be the delivery of the Provincial budget on Tuesday, February 20th.

Finance Minister Carole James will present the government's financial blue print to the Legislature on Tuesday afternoon.

There is more background on the North Coast and Skeena MLA's available from our MLA's Week Archive  as well as our General Archives on the Legislature below:

North Coast constituency

Skeena and Stikine Constituencies

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

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