“Once again the B.C New Democrats are making history,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
Melanie Mark was sworn in as the first-ever First Nations woman to become a B.C. MLA. Jodie Wickens was sworn in as MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, and became the youngest member of the legislature. Both women won seats in the two recent by-elections.
“With victories in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, there isn’t a mountain we can’t climb,” Horgan said.
Horgan pointed out 10 firsts for New Democrat Members of the B.C. Legislative Assembly:
- Frank Calder was elected in 1949, the first elected person of aboriginal descent
- Rosemary Brown was first Black woman
- Emery Barnes was first Black man
- Moe Sihota was first Indo-Canadian
- Jenny Kwan was first Chinese person
- Tim Stevenson was first openly gay man
- Carole James was first Aboriginal-Metis woman
- Mable Elmore was the first Filipino
- Jane Shin was first Korean woman
- Melanie Mark is the first First Nations woman.
“These two new MLAs are the face of the modern British Columbia and the B.C. New Democrats,” said Horgan. “We are in a state of renewal and growth, helping us to fight hard for a united British Columbia where everyone shares in prosperity.”
Here is video footage of the swearing in ceremony: