Welcome to my monthly newsletter with highlights from the last month.
Fall legislative session builds on actions to make life better
Making life better for people underpinned government’s work in Victoria this Fall. We made history as we enacted legislation to recognize and uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples in B.C. We also took steps to move to permanent daylight savings time and changed the Motor Vehicle Act to make green transportation devices, such as electric scooters, safer and easier for everyone to use.
Throughout the fall session, B.C. continued to show its economic strength by leading Canada with the lowest unemployment rate, second-highest hourly wage growth over the past year, a AAA credit rating, balanced budgets and zero operating debt for the first time in 40 years.
For a summary of legislation introduced in fall 2019, visit: https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=1a6cf5e9d9&e=c2581b5a82
Making history at the beginning of reconciliation
It’s hard to put into words the experience of enacting a law that makes history, but as you can imagine it is very rewarding, memorable and special. Reconciliation with indigenous peoples is imperative and moving this forward with legislation took a big step this fall. Bill 41 implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. It creates a path forward on reconciliation that helps build stronger communities, stable jobs and economic growth while protecting the environment.
Read my column on this historic day in the Legislature HERE (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=2a6e8e1f1a&e=c2581b5a82)
We had not one, but two Minister visits in November and had some great conversations with the community. Minister Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and I toured social services in Nelson before hosting a session where attendees contributed to future legislation that will make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province for people with disabilities. Learn more about his visit HERE (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=2a3f551937&e=c2581b5a82) .
While the weather prevented Minister George Heyman, from making an in-person appearance, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Strategy was able to video conference in and we had a great conversation with local environmental groups about conservation, parks, wildlife, and lake ecosystems in the Kootenays. Read more (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=32da84a628&e=c2581b5a82)
Thank you to the Salmo branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for presenting a beautiful Remembrance Day service this year. I was honoured to attend and lay a wreath on behalf of the province in person on November 11.
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