In the House

September 18, 2017

Doug Donaldson Budget Response 2017

I first want to acknowledge we're on the Songhees and Esquimalt traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples. I'm so happy to be able to speak to this budget — so happy because this budget puts people first. I've been in the Legislature for quite a few years now, and it's the first time that I can say that it truly puts people first.

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June 28, 2017

Gitwangak Land Use Plan

Twenty years ago this month I traveled with Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs to the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, where their case on aboriginal title, the Delgamuukw-Gisday'wa action, was argued on June 16 and 17, 1997.

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June 26, 2017

Canada 150th

I thank the member for Vancouver-Langara for introducing his private member's motion: "Be it resolved that this House join with British Columbians in celebrating the upcoming 150th birthday of our great country — Canada." We only each have about five minutes to address this motion, and it's a big topic — this celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary. I'll begin with the fact that the southern part of Stikine is about 1,000 kilometres north of Victoria and 4,000 kilometres from Ottawa. So it's understandable that many in Stikine can feel they are on the fringes of Canada and B.C. — sometimes just an afterthought when decisions are being made. It would be a mistake to conclude that those in Stikine don't share many of the values that we wish to define ourselves as Canadians: fairness; justice; the belief that money should not be able to buy influence; and the belief that our government should work for all the people, not just an elite few.

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March 14, 2017

Doug in 2nd reading of Bill 3, Discriminatory Provisions Repeal Act

I rise to take my place in second reading debate of Bill 3, the Discriminatory Provisions (Historical Wrongs) Repeal Act, and I'm very pleased to take my place. This is a good move by the entire chamber and the Legislature to be able to support this kind of bill.

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March 09, 2017

Doug saying prayer in the Legislature

Creator and Guiding Spirit, As we depart the legislature today and go forth into the world We pray that you remind us that we are part of the ecosystems in which we live, not apart from them

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