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Richmond NDP MLAs sworn into legislature

By Don Fennell

Published 4:51 PST, Tue November 24, 2020

Last Updated: 2:19 PST, Mon December 14, 2020

This was a day three Richmond New Democrats were anxiously looking forward to.

Following the historic election on Oct. 24, in which local residents sent at least one NDP MLA to the Legislative Assembly in Victoria for the first time since the 1970s, Kelly Greene (Richmond-Steveston), Henry Yao (Richmond South Centre) and Aman Singh (Richmond-Queensborough) were sworn in virtually. They join the largest BC New Democrat caucus ever elected.   

In all, 57 new BC NDP members were sworn in as 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.

“As an MLA for Richmond I am looking forward to getting down to work for the people in my community,” said Greene. “We are going through some challenging times, but our New Democrat team is prepared to tackle them head on.” 

Singh said challenging times like these require us to pull together and take care of each other.

“As an MLA I am looking forward to working with this incredibly talented New Democrat team to make sure people in Richmond and across the province are healthy, safe, and able to thrive,” he said.

Added Yao: “It’s an honour to be able to serve the people of Richmond and I am eager to get started on the important work of keeping our community and our province safe and healthy throughout the pandemic and into the future.”

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.

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