Saturday, March 30, 2019

MLA's Week: March 25-28, 2019

MLA's returned from their Spring Break of two weeks to take to the debate on LNG, with the NDP moving forward its legislation of Bill 10 this week.

The North Coast was also a featured location for some of the themes of debate on that legislation, with Liberal MLA Todd Stone making the region the backdrop to a lengthy portion of his presentation on the topic of Wednesday

Ghost of Pacific Northwest LNG project floated in Legislature debate this week

For the North Coast and Northwest, a few announcements outside of the Legislature also found some space in the news flow of the four days of legislature work.

The province outlined the details for funding and its Northern Capital Fund which will distribute some 100 million dollars in one time funding to 22 municipalities in Northern BC.

The Province also delivered some much needed funding for Search and Rescue groups across the province, including those in the Northwest.

This week also found BC Ferries moving forward on the plans for additional service for coastal communities previously outlined by the province, with the new schedule in effect for many runs as of April 1st, though with some delays for the North Coast and Haida Gwaii.

BC Ferries routes to see service increases as of April 1st


North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice had a fairly quiet time in the Chamber with one presentation on the week from Monday morning.

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

On the week, Ms Rice was listed twice on the accounts of the sessions of the Legislature from March 25 to 28

For her only contribution to the debate of the week, the North Coast MLA spoke to issues of opportunity for Indigenous Communities on Monday morning, a private members motion introduced by Skeena MLA Ellis Ross.

Ross/Rice return to Legislature work with differing views on Indigenous engagement in BC

Ms. Rice also provided introductions for guests in the gallery on Wednesday afternoon, welcoming Samuel Schooner the chair of the Central Coast regional district, and Courtney Kirk CAO for the Central Coast regional district. Both are from the Nuxalk territory in the Bella Coola Valley

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, Skeena MLA Ellis Ross had a few mentions in the Legislative listings as part of this weeks session .

The Skeena MLA explored a few themes in the Chamber this week, speaking to his motion of introduction on Indigenous Opportunity on Monday and on the NDP Government's Bill 10 on Tuesday afternoon.

Ross/Rice return to Legislature work with differing views on Indigenous engagement in BC

Missed opportunities of the past, frame the Bill 10 discussion For Ellis ross in the Legislature this week

The Skeena MLA also delivered some short notes on the theme Heritage Conservation as part of the Monday session (see Legislature archive at 1640 mark)

A visitor to the gallery also was made note of by the MLA, with Mr. Ross asking the Legislature to welcome Kieran Christison from Terrace representing Daybreak Farms in the Northwest, as part of his introduction the Skeena representative paid tribute to the memory of her father who passed in the past year.

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

The Skeena MLA is also a member of the Special Committee for Review of the Police complaint process, you can follow their work here.

There is more background on both the North Coast and Skeena MLA's available from our MLA's Week Archive, as well as our constituency archives below:

North Coast constituency

Skeena and Stikine Constituencies

The Legislature returns to its work on Monday, April 1st, 2019.

The full schedule for the Legislature for 2019 can be viewed here.

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

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