New MLA still learning the ropes

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November 27, 2014 9:06 AM

From left, Speaker of the House Dan D'Autremont, Lt-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young and Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz. - Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan Photo

Just over two weeks into her new job, and Colleen Young is already saying that she is enjoying the learning curve that has presented itself to her in the form of her new job as MLA of Lloydminster.

Last Monday in Regina, Young was sworn in as the MLA for Lloydminster replacing outgoing MLA Tim McMillan, who resigned early in September to lead the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Young was elected on Nov. 13, beating four other people to represent Lloydminster in the Legislative Assembly in Regina. In a phone interview, Young said that she her new role has been a big learning curve.

“I’m learning the rules of the house, as most people know the house has been sitting for some time now. I’m in the catch-up mode,” said Young. “I have been doing a lot of reading to catch up on information to understand where (legislators) are in the bill process.”

Besides the rules of the assembly and catching up on bills, Young said that she is also learning the ins and outs of the assembly and getting to know the people who work inside the assembly.

“I’m also learning about the people that are here working in Regina and learning about the services that are available here to me, as an MLA,” she said.

With just over two weeks of sitting under her belt, Young said that there really hasn’t been much that has surprised her in her new role, as everything up to now has been about learning everything there is about being an MLA.

“There really hasn’t been a big surprise to me, but one of the big things is that there isn’t consistent times of meetings, that threw me off a little bit.”

As to that promise to bring the issues of Lloydminster to Regina, and meeting with ministers about the concerns that Lloydminster are telling her, Young hasn’t had the opportunity yet, but says that she expects to speak with them once the fall session concludes.

“Everyone is quite busy in their own department and areas, working on points to put forward when we are in session,” she said.

“Their life is as busy as mine is right now.”

She added that there is a chance to meet with ministers on a caucus scale when the Saskatchewan Party caucus meets, but she hasn’t had the opportunity to meet with any ministers on a one-on-one basis right now.

“During the caucus session, we are given the chance to hear about the concerns that are happening not only in my constituency but all across the province.”

The caucus session allow Young to also speak up about the issues that are affecting Lloydminster, “and I have had the chance to speak on a number of issues in that setting.”

In the legislative assembly, Young sits besides Victoria Jurgens, who represents the riding of Prince Albert– Northcote.

Young said that Jurgens has taken her under her wing to help her out with proceedings in the legislative assembly.

“Along with (Jurgens), the entire caucus has taken me under their wing to ensure that I am learning quickly. Also the opportunity is there, with (Jurgens) to speak with someone about certain items on the daily agenda”

Young said that her seat-mate has been quite receptive and quite helpful over the last two weeks.

With the win on Nov. 13 and being sworn into office the Monday afterward, Young has been back and forth to Regina and has left a team in place in preparation for a constituency office in Lloydminster.

“Every Thursday evening, I do return to Lloydminster, and am in the process of setting up a constituency office,” Young said.

Young is hopeful to get a constituency office up and running by the beginning of December.

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