Jennifer Rice was elected MLA for North Coast in 2013 2017, and re-elected in 2020. She is B.C.’s Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.
Jennifer previously served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for Northern Economic Development, Rural and Northern Health, and was deputy spokesperson for Children and Family Development.
She is a former city councillor for the municipality of Prince Rupert.
Through her work with environmental non-profits and northern community groups, Jennifer has built strong relationships with commercial and sports fishers, tourism operators and First Nations who all depend on a healthy marine environment for long-term sustainability.
Representing a vast portion of the Great Bear Rainforest, and many remote and indigenous communities she continues to stand up to protect the B.C coast and advocate for indigenous rights.
Her first-hand experiences with the Heiltsuk First Nation during the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill as well two earthquake and tsunami evacuations were rousing factors for her interest in emergency preparedness.
Considering the significant seismic risk faced in B.C. and the increasing impacts of a changing climate, she believes in helping communities adapt by building resiliency through an all hazards approach.