Thursday, February 18, 2016
Making Her Mark
First native woman MLA joins party in Legislature
Marielle Tounsi, NDP Caucus
Melanie Mark signs in at the Legislature on Wednesday.
wearing in new members to the legislature and making history in the process is always exciting, but it is typical of the B.C. New Democrats.
“Once again the B.C New
Democrats are making history,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
Melanie Mark was sworn
in as the first-ever First Nations woman to become a B.C. MLA. Jodie
Wickens was sworn in as MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, and became
the youngest member of the legislature. Both women won seats in the
two recent by-elections.
“With victories in
Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, there isn’t a
mountain we can’t climb,” Horgan said.
Horgan pointed out 10 firsts for New Democrat Members of the B.C. Legislative Assembly:
“These two new MLAs are the face of the modern British Columbia and the B.C. New Democrats,” said Horgan. “We are in a state of renewal and growth, helping us to fight hard for a united British Columbia where everyone shares in prosperity.”
B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan welcomed two new members who will bring further energy to the Official Opposition shadow cabinet.
“Jodie Wickens and Melanie Mark represent a renewed energy and diversity to the B.C. New Democrat caucus, and they will be powerful voices for their communities and for all British Columbians," said Horgan.
Horgan appointed Jodie Wickens, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, to the role of deputy spokesperson for education and Melanie Mark, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, to the role of deputy spokesperson for housing.
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