Friday August 4, 2017
Throness Takes on New Role
Chilliwack-Hope MLA named as Child and Family Ministry critic, Chilliwack MLA Martin to Labour Ministry
Laurie Throness, Chilliwack MLA
Laurie Throness file photo
aurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent, today welcomed his new role as Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Critic roles are routinely assigned to Opposition members following a change in government.
Newly appointed opposition critics are orientated and get familiar with the Ministry, meets with those concerned about the actions of government, help develop party policy in his/her area, and query the Minister in Question Period and during the annual estimates process. Critics receive no additional pay.
"I m honoured to be asked to take on this critic role, said Throness. "The NDP traditionally concentrate on a social rather than an economic agenda, so I expect there will be lots of work for me to do, holding the new Minister to account."
MCFD has 4,556 employees and an annual budget of $1.6 billion, which is the fifth largest in government. It contracts with 5,400 service agencies annually to deliver services; altogether, the Ministry’s many activities touch 175,000 children, youth and families across BC.
Throness went on to say, ‘This is a big responsibility, because the Ministry of Children and Family Development is such a large and complex file involving many sensitive issues. I’ll be working hard to get up to speed in time for the fall sitting of the Legislature."