Saturday, July 18, 2020

MLA's Week: July 13-17, 2020

The summer session for the BC Legislature reached the midpoint of July this week, with MLA's continuing to participate in a mix of in House and remote options.

The now five day work week has been continues to feature House activities Monday to Wednesday, with Committee work taking up the load on Thursday and Fridays.

This week found Skeena MLA Ellis Ross in Victoria, participating  from the capital as part of the House functions, as well those of committee.

North Coast Jennifer Rice, continued her work from her Prince Rupert, participating by remote video connection.

As for more on the week, the five days unfolded as follows:


On the week, Ms Rice was listed twice in the accounts of the sessions of the Legislature from July 13-17

In Statements as part of the Monday morning session, Ms. Rice spoke to the government's caribou recovery program and what she said was the politicization of science by the Liberal opposition when it comes to the government's efforts (10:10 AM Monday AM session)

She also highlighted the closure of the Sandspit Inn and the impact that it will have on the residents and community on Haida Gwaii.

MLA Rice notes the loss of the Sandspit Inn and impact for residents on Haida Gwaii

Through her Social Media stream this week, the North Coast MLA also made note of the start of the Investigation into racism in the British Columbia Health care system, urging Indigenous residents of the constituency to participate in the current survey that is underway.

North Coast MLA pushes for Indigenous Participation in Healthy Survey on Racism

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 mentioned twice in the record for  Legislature from July 13-17

The first note of Mr. Ross's work week was to pay tribute to the life of long time resident Bill McRae, who had passed away last week.

Skeena MLA Ross pays tribute to accomplishments and passing of Bill McRae in memorial notes for Legislature

The Skeena MLA also participated in a Committee session related to Indigenous relations and reconciliation, making a number of enquiries of Minister Scott Fraser related to RCMP enforcement actions along the LNG Canada pipeline route.

His participation was part of the Friday Morning session, (Mr. Ross's enquiries begin at the  11:45 AM mark)

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
and as noted above, he has been appointed to the newly created Committee to study the Police Act.

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 constituency

The full schedule for the Legislature for 2020  can be viewed here.

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

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