I appreciate the brief opportunity to honour the powerful work of community advocates I have met with several times by asking Hon. Shane Simpson (Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction) in Budget Estimates about potential accessibility and inclusion legislation.
It’s my preference to be discussing the actual legislation this Spring, but at least we now have a timeframe on the record.
Actually, I think the Leader of the Third Party wanted to jump in here, so I’ll let him go ahead.
I appreciate the answers from the minister today. It’s nice to be here with you all, even though it is through videoconferencing.
I just wanted to follow up very briefly. Minister, you mentioned the accessibility and inclusion legislation. I’ve had some constituents that we’ve met with to discuss some challenges that they had around some specific issues. This was a number of months ago. I’m just wondering when you might be able to see that legislation. I’ve had a number of my constituents reach out to me, asking me to follow up about when that legislation was coming.
Hon. S. Simpson:
Thank you to the Leader of the Third Party for the question. The Leader of the Third Party may know that we went through an extensive consultation process. We’ve been preparing the accessibility legislation. It originally had been my hope to bring that legislation potentially to a fall session. Of course, the legislative timetable has, to say the least, been thrown into some disarray. But if that can’t occur because of being overtaken by circumstances, I would hope that we’d be able to bring the legislation in, in the spring.
Thank you for that, Minister. I appreciate it. I know that our wide constituency of British Columbia will be happy to hear that. So I’ll pass that along to my constituents.
Thank you to the member for Coquitlam–Burke Mountain for giving me this opportunity. I’ll leave the floor to you now.