North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice steps down from Prince Rupert city council

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice has stepped down from Prince Rupert city council.

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice has stepped down from Prince Rupert city council.

In a letter to council dated June 10, Rice said the decision was made when her new position was formalized with the returning of the writ on June 5.

“After careful consideration and discussion with all of you, I think the best option for me to be of effective service is to immediately resign my position on Prince Rupert city council,” she wrote.

“It is my hope that we will continue to work together in seeing our region thrive. I have learned so much and know that I am taking all that I learned from Prince Rupert city council with me to Victoria so I can continue to represent our region.”

Rice’s resignation triggers a byelection, though the details and date will not be known until city staff report back to council on June 24. Council acknowledged Rice for her work and wished her the best in her new position.

“I really commend her for making this decision … she has a lot on her plate and I fully support her,” said Councillor Judy Carlick-Pearson.

“I know she really struggled with this decision ever since she decided to run.”