VICTORIA – Dan Coulter and Kelli Paddon were sworn into the Legislature virtually today as the new BC New Democrat MLAs for Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent following an historic election.
The 57 new BC NDP members were sworn in as part of part of British Columbia’s 42nd Parliament, all focused on supporting people through the COVID-19 pandemic and delivering on their commitments to British Columbians.
“I want to thank the people of Chilliwack for putting their trust in me,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “I look forward to bringing my years of experience as an elected official into my new role as MLA. I am proud to be a part of a team that has a plan for a better future and I’m going to work hard to advance the issues facing our community in the Legislature.”
“I’m grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to represent my community in Victoria,” Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “I will be a strong voice for the region, collaborating on the shared issues of housing affordability, child care and education so everyone can get ahead. Recent months have posed severe challenges but I’m confident that our government’s strong plan is the way forward.”
The election of this New Democrat caucus features a number of notable milestones, including:
- First majority-women governing caucus in Canadian history
- Largest BC NDP caucus in history
- Highest number of IBPOC MLAs ever in a caucus in BC
British Columbians put their trust in New Democrats to lead the province’s pandemic recovery, and this diverse team will ensure no one gets left behind as we move forward.
Link to downloadable MLA headshots: https://bcndpcaucus.ca/the-team/