Saturday, April 22, 2023

MLA's Week: April 17-20, 2023

MLA's returned to the Legislature on Monday following their Easter Break, with a range of legislation making progress this week, among the key areas of work, the forward momentum for a number of housing initiatives. 

The issue of housing of some note for one of the three Northwest MLA's through the four days of sessions.

The week of news from the Province included some thoughts on the occasion of 4/20 and the BC Government's reminder to stay safe and shop local

A provincial initiative first put in place for YVR in Vancouver, is making its way North with an announcement this week towards a greener Port footprint in Prince Rupert.

The Lieutenant  Governor and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth also hosted a two night celebration of the work of Law enforcement, with the Provincial honours program noting of some northwest recipients.

As for the Northwest MLA's the schedule was a mixed one, with Skeena MLA Ellis Ross gaining the most mentions for work both in the Legislature and through Committee work.

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


On the week, Ms Rice was mentioned once for the week in the  Legislature from April 17-20.

The North Coast MLA's only Legislature appearance came on Monday morning, when she spoke on themes of BC Ferries service on the coast, part of a larger conversation that morning on the status of the Ferry Corporation.

It was also a busy Friday for the MLA in the home constituency, with appearances at two significant announcements in Prince Rupert.

The Port/Province partnership noted at the top of our notes here, as well as the groundbreaking ceremony for the new ILWU Hall in downtown Prince Rupert.

The MLA also notes through her Social Media stream of her attendance at Committee Sessions for Public Accounts Committee. The minutes of the Wednesday evening session can be reviewed here.

Ms. Rice was active on her Social media stream, noting of some of the government initiatives of the week

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

Ms. Rice serves as the Government's Parliamentary Secretary for Rural health.

The North Coast MLA also addressed a range of themes and relayed  a number of government announcements through her Social Media Stream.


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 April 17-20.

The Skeena MLA continued with his towards  Premier Eby's newest housing strategy, speaking to the theme on Monday

He would follow up on concerns over Housing on Tuesday, noting specifically of issues in Terrace related to the Coachman Apartments.

Mr. Ross, as all MLA's eventually do, had opportunity to lead the Legislature in morning prayer on Tuesday morning, the Skeena MLA sharing a family prayer from Kitamaat Village with the members. (see video at 10:06AM minute mark)

Tuesday afternoon the MLA spoke as part of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee session, relaying some Transportation issues related to the HandyDart program in Terrace (13:47 PM mark)

He continued his work as s part of a Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Wednesday,  as Mr.  Ross shared some commentary on the nature of the Environmental Assessment Act as part of the evening Committee session. (The MLA's comments start at the 18:10PM mark)

Ross also participated in the Discussion on Estimates for the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (raising notes from the Terrace area at the 17:00 PM mark)

Mr. Ross serves as the Liberal critic on LNG and Energy

The Skeena MLA is also a member of the Following committees:

The Skeena MLA also addressed a range of themes  featured as part of the MLA's social media work.


For our readers from the Bulkley Valley area, Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen  was mentioned twice  in the record for the week in the  Legislature from April 17-20.

That came as he provided introductions for the Legislature.

First noting of the presence in the Gallery of Smithers Councillor, Greg Brown for an introduction came at 13:36 of the Monday afternoon session.  

Thursday morning Mr. Cullen had opportunity to highlight the presence of two of his staff members in the gallery , that at the 10:06 AM mark of the session.

Mr. Cullen serves as the Government's Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship.

The Stikine MLA also had comments on a range of themes through his Social Media stream this week


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

The MLA's return to the Chamber on Monday, April 24.

MLA's may 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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