Julie Green on Committee Motion 110-18(3): Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in the Legislative Assembly Interim Report - Public Information on Aspects of Being a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Carried
Committee Motion 110-18(3): Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in the Legislative Assembly Interim Report - Public Information on Aspects of Being a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Carried Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
Thank you, Mr. Chair. In our travels, we discovered that there was very little information available to the people who attended our sessions about the roles and responsibilities of MLAs. They are often familiar with the work that we do in this House because they see the televised proceedings, or they may also read Hansard, but they have little understanding of the work that we do that is not televised, specifically the work of standing committees, special committees, constituency work, and the like. There was a request that we attempt to create a job description for the role of MLAs so that people who are interested in this work have a better idea of exactly what's involved with it.
Likewise, we found that people were not well-informed about the pay that is offered to MLAs, and the other benefits that are available to them such as living allowance if they are living in Yellowknife during the session and they are normally resident elsewhere, as well as travel allowances for themselves and their families. The committee feels that making this information more available to women will answer questions they have about what they're getting into if they decide to run for office. Thank you, Mr. Chair.