The newest member of the British Columbia legislature, Elenore Sturko (right), elected last month in Surrey South byelection, is sworn in by clerk Kate Ryan-Lord at the legislature in Victoria, Monday, Oct.3, 2022. The clerk says Sturko is the first politician pledging allegiance to King Charles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner

The newest member of the British Columbia legislature, Elenore Sturko (right), elected last month in Surrey South byelection, is sworn in by clerk Kate Ryan-Lord at the legislature in Victoria, Monday, Oct.3, 2022. The clerk says Sturko is the first politician pledging allegiance to King Charles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner

Canada’s first pledge ceremony to King Charles opens fall agenda at B.C. legislature

House leader Mike Farnworth said government expects to introduce up to 20 bills this fall

A newly elected member of British Columbia’s legislature became Canada’s first politician to sign a pledge to the king at the start of a fall sitting.

It will focus on health care and high costs, while celebrating what’s expected to be the last session for John Horgan as premier, New Democrat house leader Mike Farnworth said Monday.

The seven-week fall sitting started with the swearing-in of Liberal Elenore Sturko, who was elected last month in the Surrey South byelection.

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