Saturday, October 23, 2021

MLA's Week: October 18-21, 2021

MLA's returned to Victoria following their two week break for Thanksgiving, the four days of sessions one's which found a mix of both fond remembrances of anniversaries and the active engagement of debate over some pending legislation that made for a busy news week for the province's journalists.

This week marks the one year anniversary for the NDP returning to office with a majority government and it made for a topic for a celebratory information release from the Premier and his party.

The week was a rather contentious one at the Legislature, the political brush fire one stoked mainly from the government's introduction of plans to change access to Freedom of Access for British Columbians.

The topic dominated much of the debate through the week and even provided for a Thursday afternoon press conference from the Premier.

Of the three Northwest MLA's, two spoke to the topic whether through time on the Legislature floor or by way of their Social media platforms, with MLA Nathan Cullen and MLA Ellis Ross very much on different sides of the debate. 

North Coast MLA Jennifer did not have any comments to make during the course of the week related to the heated discussions over FOI. 

As for more on the recent week of work from the House, the four days unfolded as follows:


On the week, Ms Rice was  not mentioned  in the record for the week in the Legislature from October 18-21

She was active on her Social Media feed, including making note of the Great British Columbia Shake Out exercise of the past week.

The North Coast MLA is also a member of the Following committees:

Ms. Rice serves as the Government's Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness


For our readers from the Terrace-Kitimat region, Skeena MLA Ellis Ross  was  mentioned three times in the record for the week in the Legislature from October 18-21

Reconciliation framed much of his time in the Legislature on the week.

The Skeena MLA relayed themes of economic reconciliation in the Monday morning session.

Wednesday he joined in on the debate related to clauses of the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment, making inquiries related the Crowns duty to consult and what the amendments may mean towards First Nations Rights and title.

He also shared some thoughts on Diversity and Reconciliation as part of the Thursday morning session.

Mr. Ross also had some comments on the BC Liberal leadership executive's decision not to allow for the candidacy of Aaron Gunn, with the Skeena MLA releasing a statement on Friday.

Mr. Ross  is also contesting for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party


For our readers from the Bulkley Valley area, Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen  was mentioned once in the record for the week in the Legislature from October 18 -21 

Mr. Cullen played a key part of the NDP government's defence of its plans towards access of Freedom of Information, the Stikine MLA providing for a lengthy address on the topic as part of the Tuesday afternoon session.

Mr. Cullen serves as the Government's Minister of State for Lands and Natural Resource Operations 


There is more background on all three Regional MLA's available from our MLA's Week Archive, as well as our constituency archives below:

MLA's return to the Legislature on Monday morning October 25th at 10AM  

MLA's also participate in a number of Committee sessions scheduled through the week.

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

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