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Life with Norm Letnick

Following last year's “Life as an MP” column, I wanted to feature one of our local MLAs.

It took a lot more work to co-ordinate than we had both hoped, but I finally made it down to Victoria last month.

So here we go: Life as an MLA, featuring Norm Letnick

Here’s hoping by reading this column, watching the video, and checking some of the links, you get a better idea how the provincial government works. 

What is question period? 

As you will see in the video, it's the most public part of the provincial government and often where the new headlines are generated.

Each question and story told is carefully considered by the opposition as they “hold the government's feet to the fire,” as Norm says. 

Who actually holds the power in government? 

This was something new for me. As Norm shows us the legislature, he specifically talks about government being the Premier and cabinet.

I’ve been mulling over the significance of that statement and it's actually quite profound. 

Why are the parties in the legislature separated by two sword lengths? 

Better safe than sorry as they say. 

Thanks, Norm, for being a gracious host. Appreciate your efforts in Victoria. 

If anyone wants to dig deeper, here are a number of links I wanted to include for you. 

Agenda (links, minutes, video, etc): https://www.leg.bc.ca/…/41s…/3rd-session 

Committees: https://www.leg.bc.ca/parlia…/committees

Norm Letnick: https://www.leg.bc.ca/…/41…/Letnick-Norm

Bills in progress: https://www.leg.bc.ca/…/bills-with-hans… 

BC Liberal Caucus: http://bcliberalcaucus.bc.ca/ (this is shown the first part of the video in this column). 

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia: https://www.leg.bc.ca/

Lesson plan for teachers: https://www.leg.bc.ca/…/le…/lesson-plans

In the coming weeks, I’ll share at least one and maybe two more videos from my trip to Victoria with Norm.



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