Prince George, B.C. – The first step to resuming work in the B.C. Legislature has been completed with the election of a Speaker.
Clerk of the House, Craig James, rose to outline the history of the role of the Speaker of the House, and said much of what has been said about the role of Speaker since the election , “has been wrong”.
Only one candidate stepped forward to take on the role.
Steve Thomson has been selected as the 38th Speaker since B.C. joined confederation.
He is the former Minister of Forests.
Premier Christy Clark was the first to congratulate Thomson on his new role, saying he is a man of “compassion and integrity” and said when discussion in the House was, at times, contentious, he brought a calmness to the House.
NDP Leader, John Horgan also congratulated Thomson, saying he could not think of a better person to take on the role, saying Thomson has “always been fair in dealing with all members of the House.”