MLA John Rustad with Kate Ryan-Lloyd, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly during his swearing-in ceremony. (Submitted photo)

MLA John Rustad with Kate Ryan-Lloyd, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly during his swearing-in ceremony. (Submitted photo)

John Rustad officially sworn-in as MLA in virtual ceremony

Official swearing-in took place Friday, Nov.27

As COVID goes, swearing-in ceremonies for MLA’s in B.C. are looking different this year.

John Rustad, has been elected MLA for Nechako Lakes riding for the 5th consecutive term. His official swearing-in ceremony took place virtually Nov. 27.

However, the technical ceremony took place Nov. 26, Rustad said.

“It was kinda surreal. As this is my 5th time doing this, you usually are in the legislature and have your family down there. There is the added weight of the fact that you are working in this historic building. It was so different this year, as it was held virtually. But the sense of pride and honour of representing the people and being sworn-in, is all there,” Rustad said.

Over his next terms, the MLA said he wants to produce four reports including – a ‘path forward’ for the forest sector; renewal of the commitment between property owners, province and the agricultural sector on ALR land; a ‘path forward’ for addressing title for Indigenous people; and taxation reform.

Rustad has also retained his forestry critic role as MLA’s prepare for a short two-week session this December, stated a Dec. 1 news release from the BC Liberal Caucus.

“I’m very happy to be returning to my role as the Opposition Critic for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. This is a ministry that is vital to our local economy, and while we are witnessing some recovery in the forest industry, there is still a long way to go to get people back at work,” said Rustad.

Newly appointed interim leader for the BC Liberals Shirley Bond said,”John has an extensive background in forestry and natural resource development and I’m especially pleased that he has agreed to continue his work on this important file.”

The next session of the Legislature is planned for Dec. 7 and is expected to last until Dec. 17.

READ MORE: John Rustad re-elected in Nechako Lakes riding

Re-elected MLA for Nechako Lakes, John Rustad, has retained his Forestry Critic role as MLAs prepare for a short two-week session this December.

“I’m very happy to be returning to my role as the Opposition Critic for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. This is a ministry that is vital to our local economy, and while we are witnessing some recovery in the forest industry, there is still a long way to go to get people back at work,” said Rustad.

“John has an extensive background in forestry and natural resource development and I’m especially pleased that he has agreed to continue his work on this important file,” said newly-appointed Interim Leader Shirley Bond. “I’m proud to work with such a talented team of passionate MLAs who will use their diverse skills and experience to ask tough questions, raise important issues, and work hard on behalf of their constituents,” added Bond.

The next session of the Legislature is planned for December 7th and is expected to last until December 17th.


Aman Parhar
Publisher/Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com

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