The Legislative Assembly was expected to resume February 14, 2017, opening the 6th Session of the 40th Parliament. This spring session will be the last session of the 40th Parliament before the provincial general election to be held on May 9, 2017.
8th Annual Commonwealth Youth Parliament
The Legislative Assembly hosted the 8th Annual Commonwealth Youth Parliament from November 6 to 10, 2016. Youth parliamentarians aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth learned about the work of parliamentarians, the legislative process, parliamentary procedure, and media relations in a parliamentary environment. Youth parliamentarians appreciated the participation of mentor parliamentarians from Australia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, BC and Alberta. Through "mentor panel" sessions, mentors shared their experiences on topics such as the role of a member of parliament, running for office and the role of the media in parliamentary democracy. After several days of lively debate in the House and a mock press conference, the Youth Parliament concluded with the role of host for the 9th Annual Youth Parliament being officially passed on to the British Virgin Islands.
Canada was represented by 12 youth delegates from various provinces. The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia strongly encourages Canada's parliaments to support Canadian youth participation in future Commonwealth Youth Parliaments. Hansard transcripts, video, photos and other documents from the Commonwealth Youth Parliament are available online at: https://www.leg.bc.ca/cyp8/pages/welcome. aspx
The Legislative Assembly Management Committee released its annual Accountability Report on December 7, 2016. The report presents financial results from 2015/16, including independently audited financial statements for which the Auditor General gave an unmodified opinion, certifying the results as accurate and fair. The report emphasizes transparency and accountability in carrying out Assembly priorities such as stronger financial administration, modernized digital services and enhanced security and accessibility.
The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services completed its annual budget consultation process, as required by the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act and released its report on November 15, 2016. The report made 102 recommendations on a variety of themes, including the environment, transit and transportation, natural resources and social services.