ÍY SȻÁĆEL (Good Day)...
As we near the summer solstice and the mid-way mark of 2021, everything is moving at a remarkable pace. While the pace of governance is deliberately slow and steady, for a politician the days, weeks, months, and years melt into each other.
The legislative and constituency work have my calendar fully booked. Recently, I have been bouncing from one meeting to the next, one topic to another, which has only become more intense due to COVID-19.
There are three weeks left of the first Spring session of the 42nd Parliament. We will finish debate on the 2021 budget, as well as several Bills still on the agenda, most notably, the Accessible British Columbia Act will begin weaving through legislative protocol and process when we return. Accessibility legislation has been promised for the past three years.
In the legislature, Sonia and I remain focused on three key areas: ensuring government transparency and accountability on public health decisions for the COVID-19 pandemic; the mental health and drug poisoning emergency and; Premier John Horgan’s unfulfilled promises to protect the last remaining intact, high productivity, old-growth ecosystems.
In the constituency, I am thrilled that we are now settled into our new constituency office on Fourth Street in Sidney. As public health officials relax COVID-19 restrictions, I will be working more in the office. We are in the process of installing the required security measures and once that process is complete, we will be able to develop a re-opening plan for private and public meetings. Until then, we will continue our advocacy by phone or video meetings.
We recognize that is has been a difficult time and that COVID-19 has impacted us all in unique and previously unimaginable ways. Thank you for doing your part to keep your family, friends and neighbours safe, by following the provincial health orders and notices, during this challenging time.
Should you need our assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by email at Adam.Olsen.MLA@leg.bc.ca or call 250-655-5600.
Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP) ... is the MLA-elect for Saanich North and the Islands and member of the B.C. Green Caucus. He was first elected to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in May 2017 and re-elected in October 2020.
Born in Victoria, BC, Adam has lived, worked and played his entire life on the Saanich Peninsula. He is a member of Tsartlip First Nation (W̱JOȽEȽP), where he and his wife, Emily, are raising their two children, Silas and Ella.