Saturday, May 19, 2018

MLA's Week: May 14 to 17, 2018

With a long weekend beckoning, as well as another one week break from the rigours of the Legislature, it was a light week of engagement for the representatives of the Northwest in Victoria.

Emergency Planning continued to be the focus for North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice, who had two opportunities this week to raise the topic during legislature discussion.

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross continued to put his focus towards economic issues in the Northwest, with one contribution in Legislature session and another as part of a review of estimates for the Finance Ministry.

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 May 14 to 17 .

As it has for the last few weeks, Ms. Rice's commentary once again focused on themes of Emergency Preparedness, that as the province continues to see rising flood waters and prepares for the wildfire season ahead.

Monday, Ms. Rice provided an overview on her concerns as to how Climate Change is having an impact on the province and the events of recent years that have led to emergency response.

Climate change concerns frame Jennifer Rice's notes on current flood situations in BC

In the afternoon of Monday, Ms. Rice introduced her wife Andrea, and paid tribute to her in the House.

Thursday, the Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness provided for an update on the flood situation and the response to it by the province.

MLA Rice outlines Province's Flood measures to the this point as long weekend approaches

On Friday, the province announced funding for a supportive housing development for Queen Charlotte on Haida Gwaii, with Ms. Rice sharing the news with residents of the riding.

19 new homes on the way for Haida Gwaii's most vulnerable residents

The North Coast MLA is also a permanent member of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, serving as the convener of that forum.

Transcripts of the work of the committee are available on the Legislature page for the Committee.

Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs


For our readers from the Terrace-Kitimat region, this week found Skeena MLA Ellis Ross mentioned once for his work in the Legislature from May 14 to 17.

How the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples may impact on the First Nations of Canada made for wide ranging statement from MLA Ross on Monday.

Ellis Ross on UNDRIP : "A feel good document" ... one not workable with Canadian laws

The Skeena MLA also participated in a Finance Committee discussion on Estimates on Wednesday, offering up questions in the areas on real estate regulation and the impact of the Hotel Tax in the Northwest as the Recreational Fishery faces closure this summer. He also followed up with an inquiry related to the Resources Benefits Alliance

Questions on hotel tax, Resource Benefits Alliance part of contribution from MLA Ross to Finance Estimates session

Mr. Ross is also a permanent member of the Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives,

Transcripts of the work of that committee are available on the Legislature website

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

The Legislature takes a one week break from their Chamber duties, returning to work on May 28th.

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

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