Saturday, March 16, 2024

MLA's Week: March 11-14, 2024

This was getaway week for MLA's, the four days of Legislature work moving forward a number of initiatives and bills prior to their two week Spring break just ahead.

The Three Northwest MLA's had a few opportunities to speak on themes of note the list including the sporting success of local teams to Health Care and work on current Legislation.

At week's end, the BC Government also reprised some news from the Budget of February.   
With Premier Eby and a government contingent including Minster Nathan Cullen and MLA Rice all went to Terrace to formally declare success for the North West BC Resource Benefit Alliance.

Their statement and comments reviewing much of the talking points of February, though the actual distribution formula for each of the 21 participating communities has yet to be released.

The official announcement from Friday can be reviewed here.

As for more on the work from the House, the sessions of the week  unfolded for the three regional MLA's as follows:


On the week, Ms Rice was mentioned three times  in the record  for the week in the  Legislature from March 11-14.

Her first notes coming on Monday morning when she spoke of the Government's program on recruiting and retention of health professionals, as well as to comment on the current health care situation in Prince Rupert.

Tuesday Afternoon the MLA began a string of commentaries related to Bill 8 the Athlii Gwaii Legacy Trust Winding up act

That Bill move quickly through the legislature, with Ms. Rice noting on Social media that it gained Royal Assent on Thursday.

Wednesday, Ms Rice offered up a salute to the Boys Basketball team from Haida Gwaii which finished second in the 1A provincial championships. 

Ms. Rice currently 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 March 11-14, 2024.

Thursday, the Skeena MLA provided for some introductions of a visitor in the gallery to the Legislature (see video at 10:06)

As the North Coast MLA had, Mr. Ross had a sports update for the Legislature as well, noting on Thursday of the travels ahead for three Terrace minor hockey teams. 

He also participated in the Debate on Bill 5 related to the Child Family and Community Service Amendment Act (see that discussion at the 16:07 mark)

Mr. Ross serves as the BC United critic on LNG and Energy

Committee Membership for MLA Ross for the Spring Session at the legislature has yet to be detailed:

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 March 11-14, 2024.

This was a busy week for the Minister, with the latest Land use measure gaining some progress, though as we noted the legislation on changes to Dock management on the coast, which was proposed last week is facing some push back from dock users 

Tuesday Morning, the Minister participated in Question Period speaking to issues of Conservation financing in the province (10:43 AM)

On Thursday afternoon Mr. Cullen introduced Bill 9 the Miscellaneous Statutes Act (see video at 13:48)

Committee Membership for MLA Cullen for the Spring Session at the legislature has yet to be detailed:

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.

Members now head out on their own Spring Break, with a return to the legislature set for Tuesday, April 2nd.

A larger overview of provincial issues can be found on our  Political Portal D'Arcy McGee.  

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