In with the new, including security alarms, video surveillance cameras (in the public loo too??), front store bullet proof window with that added deterrent of a tank resistant bench to sit upon but doubles as a barricade to stop terrorists. The Speaker had an unofficial author, report on necessary changes, a friend (mentioned three times in the Legislature by the MLA), a retired (2009) rcmp officer.
The official RCMP version of security needs stated that they only made suggestions to the Speaker and never insisted that changes be made. That role, that jurisdiction, that decision, is the BC Legislature precinct Speaker herself who tells MLAs if there is money in the kitty, which is on the shelf, in the cupboard, that was bare, a couple of years ago. Ahhhhh! Here we go, Earmarked for Richmond Constituency Office: ..... $79,000
MLA Reid, as the Speaker of the Legislature, has meetings to attend to outside of Victoria and Richmond, like being the 2nd Vice President for Canadian Parliamentary where she is a featured speaker in their Review, Volume, No. 2 Summer 2014 Page 20 of 72
With 36 per cent of its MLAs now women, British Columbia currently has the highest proportion of women parliamentarians in Canada. Moreover, women hold key decision-making positions in the province as Lieutenant Governor, Premier and Speaker. While celebrating these milestones, in this article, B.C. Speaker Linda Reid warns against complacency and urges parliamentarians across Canada and the Commonwealth to continue implementing changes designed to facilitate a level playing field for women interested in political life. - Page 20 of 72
It would appear that there 'level playing field' has tipped slightly heavier to one side when comparing office expenditures between men and women MLAs.