Saturday, June 2, 2018

MLA's week: May 28-31, 2018

This week brought an end to the Spring Session of the British Columbia Legislature, dispatching MLA's back to the home constituencies for the summer, their return to Victoria yet to be charted, with the next session of the Legislature yet to be determined by the NDP government.

The final week made for a light four days of work for the regional MLA's in the house, with North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice making use of one speaking time allotment for the week.

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross continued to use his time to explore the issues of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with questions for both Attorney General David Eby and Premier Horgan.

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 May 28 to 31 .

Her contribution to the Legislature conversation came on Wednesday, when she provided a snapshot of Prince Rupert's annual summer festival Seafest for the members of the House.

MLA Rice shares the word on Seafest at the Legislature

It was also announcement week for the NDP government, with Ms. Rice relaying a number of provincial initiatives, including the launch of a new transportation option for those living on the North Coast looking to travel the highway 16 corridor.

Highlighting the details of the NDP announcement of the start of BC Transit's new BC North bus service, which took effect as Greyhound ended its service to the region.

Province introduces BC North Bus ; Transportation service across Highway 16 corridor to start June 4th

Northern Health expands Connections bus service with new guidelines

The province also announced plans for a travelling consultation program for its Rental Housing Task Force, with Terrace scheduled as the only stop in the Northwest.

Terrace makes for only Northwest stop on Rental Housing Task Force Itinerary

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 twice for his work in the Legislature from May 28 to 31.

On Wednesday, Mr. Ross had questions for Attorney General David Eby, seeking some clarification on the BC government's position on the UNDRIP declaration and how it will impact the province.

Nathan Cullen and Ellis Ross offer differing views on UNDRIP and its application in Canada

Thursday, Mr. Ross followed up on those themes with the Premier during the Thursday Question Period, this time directing his inquiries to the Premier, you can review that conversation from the Legislature Hansard Archive page, starting at the minute mark 14:50 mark

Like many MLA's at the end of a session, Mr. Ross joined in with some thank you's to staff on Tuesday morning, that as the final week for the House began to move forward.

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 has now adjourned for the summer and perhaps longer, it's return date yet to be announced by the NDP government.

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

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