As members of the fifth edition editorial team, we were fortunate to have the assistance of many colleagues from across Legislative Assembly departments in preparing this latest edition of Parliamentary Practice in British Columbia. We are grateful for their commitment, skills and contributions, which helped make this fifth edition a reality. Amidst many challenges for the Legislative Assembly over the past year, the production of this edition speaks to the dedication of Assembly employees who came together to see this project through to completion amongst many other operational priorities.
Colleagues from the Legislative Library assisted with research and assembling reference materials in a wide variety of areas. They are Alieda Blandford, Louise Brittain Boisvert, Shawna Duffill, Peter Gourlay, Charles Hogg, Wiebke Imsel, Jennifer Kitching, Megan Laflin, Andrea Lee, Anna Loster, Erika Luebbe, Lauren MacLean, Sheri Ostapovich, Iona Reid and Katey Stickle.
From the Office of the Clerk, Jennifer Horvath, Loredana Catalli Sonier, Q.C., Suzie Seo and Rebecca Staffanson reviewed content and provided valuable feedback to ensure that all material was properly framed and reflective of current practice in the Legislative Assembly.
From the Parliamentary Committees Office, Jennifer Arril and Josie Schofield reviewed content, Mary Newell provided graphic design assistance, and Jacqueline Quesnel provided overall administrative support and coordination.
From Hansard Services, Janet Brazier conducted a professional editorial review to ensure that content was clear and that, amongst many other things, everything was properly formatted and consistent. Dan Kerr and Pamela Holmes designed the layout, led the technical publication and ensured that the fifth edition was in print-ready condition and was properly formatted for online access. Dan and Pamela were assisted by Betsy Gray and Erik Pedersen in these key tasks. Julie McClung undertook the important and detailed work of designing and preparing the index. Rob Sutherland provided support and coordination.
Stephanie Raymond took the beautiful photographs that appear throughout this book. We are grateful to her for capturing elements and features of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings that enable readers to visualize the setting which has been the home of parliamentary democracy in British Columbia and the workplace of our elected representatives for over 120 years.
From outside the Legislative Assembly, we are indebted to the wisdom and contributions of many colleagues. Dr. Gary W. O’Brien, former Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments, undertook a comprehensive review of all chapters and served as the primary external reviewer. Charles Robert, Clerk of the House of Commons of Canada; Corinne Swystun, Q.C., Chief Legislative Counsel, and staff of the Office of Legislative Counsel; and Lynn Smith, Q.C., Acting Conflict of Interest Commissioner, and Alyne Mochan of her Office, also served as external reviewers of specific content, and each provided very helpful feedback to us. Derrick Hanson of the Legislative Assembly’s Ricoh Copy Centre provided assistance with technical advice on printing and publication.
This publication would simply not have come to be without the collaborative efforts, the time and the dedication of all these individuals, as well as many others who played a role in its production. Our sincere thanks go to them all.