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MLA’S CORNER: Busy spring in the legislature

In addition to the frustrations, there were also many encouraging moments this session.
Lorne Doerkson is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Black Press Media file photos)

Last week marked the end of the spring legislative session in Victoria. It’s been a busy four months of debates, Question Periods, and working to ensure the voices of Cariboo-Chilcotin are amplified in the Legislature.

Our BC United Caucus, under the leadership of Kevin Falcon, has continued to hold government to account for the critical issues impacting British Columbians every single day.

Some of the most canvassed topics in the Legislature included the NDP’s approaches to housing, crime and decriminalization. It was frustrating to be repeatedly confronted by a government that couldn’t acknowledge that their lack of action on these issues is having a detrimental impact on B.C.

We questioned why Premier David Eby and his government has gone forward with decriminalizing hard drugs without guardrails in place to ensure the safety of our communities. We asked why, amid debilitating staffing shortages in the health care system, the NDP have not found a pathway back to work for unvaccinated health care workers like the rest of Canada. Additionally, we urged government to take action to address prolific offenders and the growing violent crime we are seeing on out streets.

People cannot afford to wait any longer for Premier David Eby and his government to make real progress on these issues.

In addition to the frustrations, there were also many encouraging moments this session.

I was proud to give a speech about the incredible tourism opportunities in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and the wonderful people who work in the industry. I had the chance to ask questions about issues in rural B.C. that are very near and dear to my heart, putting pressure on government to deliver for our region.

And while I enjoyed my time working in Victoria, as always, I look forward to a summer at home in Cariboo-Chilcotin — it’s truly the best place in B.C. I hope that over the next few months I will get to see many of you in my work and travels.

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