We left the school at 6:30 a.m., driving by bus to Tsawassen ferry terminal. We caught the 9 am ferry, then boarded another school bus in Swartz Bay. We arrived at the BC Leglislature shortly after 11 am.
Our first event was a scavenger hunt on the front lawn of the Legislature:
|Harbour and Empress Hotel are behind|
|At the entrance to the Legislature|
We then toured the second floor of the rotunda:
This photo is taken from the second floor, but looking down at the first floor. This is a carving by former Lieutenant Governor, Steven Point:
This photo looks out the doors of the seldom-used entrance to the Legislature:
Because the first floor was being occupied by a reception commemorating the introduction of treaty legislation of the Tla'amin First Nation (read about it here: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/another-b-c-treaty-closer-to-ratification-deal-enters-the-legislature-1.74456), we got an off-the-beaten-path tour, including the jail that now appears to be a storage closet in the basement:
Then we saw the Legislative Library, which is normally off-limits to the public. Lucky us!
Unfortunately no cameras or cell phones are allowed in the public gallery, so I wasn't able to photograph Question Period, but here is a press photo:
|Tla'amin Chief Clint Williams addresses the House|
The students got to meet their MLA, Michael Sather. He offered to show us the NDP Caucus, giving us even more behind-the-scenes action:
The ferry ride home was a highlight for many, with some delicious ferry food and camaraderie:
All in all, a very good day!