Liberal Acclaimed as Speaker
Prince George, B.C. – “We are disappointed in his decision.”That is the reaction from Interim Liberal leader Rich Coleman, after fellow Liberal, Darryl Plecas, the MLA for Abbottsford -South was acclaimed Speaker of the House.
Plecas was the only member of the House to put his name forward for the position ( which pays $157 thousand a year) . No member of the NDP or Green Party applied for the post.
“Every member of the Legislative Assembly has the right to run for the position of Speaker. And every member has an obligation to conduct themselves in a fashion that honours their position as an elected representative ” says Coleman, interim leader of the Opposition.
“On several occasions, Mr. Plecas has made clear to me and the BC Liberal Caucus that he would not seek the Office of Speaker” says Coleman “We took him at his word and believed that he would stand by his commitment. We are disappointed in his decision.”
Plecas made headlines a little over a month ago when he went public about his opposition to Christy Clark continuing on as leader of the party. Shortly after that heated Liberal Caucus meeting, Christy Clark announced she was stepping down from her post as Party Leader, and resigning her seat in the Legislature.
Her resignation and the Plecas move to be Speaker, means the Legislature numbers now stack up this way:
There has been no date for a by-election in Clark’s riding of Kelowna-West