Saturday, October 26, 2019

MLA's Week: October 21-24, 2019

Having taken a one week break following Thanksgiving, MLA's returned to their offices at the Legislature this week, picking up on some previous themes and introducing new topics for debate.

The marquee moment of the week came on Thursday morning, with the introduction by the Government of proposed Legislation that would adopt the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) as part of the NDP government's work towards reconciliation with First Nations.

Introduction of UNDRIP declaration at Legislature moves NDP Government's course on reconciliation forward

The proposed legislation will now work its way through Legislative debate and discussion before the House will vote on whether to adopt it, or recommend any amendments.

As for the first week of work in the House for the fall, the four days unfolded as follows:


For the week just passed, North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice had opportunity to speak on the recent week of celebrations for the Heiltsuk Nation.

On the week, Ms Rice was listed on one  occasion in the accounts of the sessions of the Legislature from October 21-24

Tuesday morning, Ms. Rice delivered a statement providing a look at the recent celebrations for the Heiltsuk Nation as they opened their Big House at Bella Bella.

MLA Rice shares notes on celebration of Heiltsuk Big House with the Legislature

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 was noted once in the Legislature Archive for the week of October 21-24.

That as the Skeena MLA continue on with themes related to the proposed changes in the Gambling Act by the NDP government. Mr. Ross and Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad both had a range of questions for Attorney General David Eby during the Wednesday afternoon session.

Liberal MLA's Ross and Rustad tag team with questions for Attorney General David Eby on BC NDP's gambling plans

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

He has also been appointed to the Standing Committee on Children and Youth

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

MLA's return to their work in Victoria on Monday morning.

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

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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