Ruimy gets his feet wet in Ottawa

One of the highlights of new Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP Dan Ruimy’s first week in Ottawa was signing the Test Roll on Wednesday.

New MP Dan Ruimy is sworn in Parliament.

One of the highlights of new Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge MP Dan Ruimy’s first week in Ottawa was signing the Test Roll on Wednesday.

Since confederation in 1867, MPs have been obligated to take an oath of allegiance to the sovereign, and sign the Test Roll – a book with pages headed by the text of the oath.

It is a pledge to conduct himself or herself in the best interests of Canada.

“It was surreal – you’re in the House of Commons and you’ve got the pen and the book, and all the history behind it,” said Ruimy. “You think about all the people who were there before you.”

His week in Ottawa included being in Parliament as the new cabinet selected by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was sworn in.

The gender balance, with 15 men and 15 women, was a first in Canadian history.

It made headlines around the world, and Ruimy said it is simply “the right thing to do.”

The cabinet is also ethnically diverse, and features three British Columbians in Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan (Vancouver South), Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould (Vancouver Granville) and Sports Minister Carla Qualtrough (Delta).

“How can you not be proud of that cabinet – it’s a Canadian cabinet,” he said. “Everybody on cabinet deserves to be there, and I think it was well thought out.”

Each member of the government will also receive a committee appointment as part of their role as a parliamentarian, but Ruimy has yet to receive his.

The Liberal caucus got together for the first time, and heard congratulations from Trudeau.

“There’s 184 of us all in a small room, and we’re meeting people from the party from all over Canada,” said Ruimy. “It was the first time Trudeau addressed his cabinet.

“It was an electric moment.”

Ruimy said the PM talked about the initiatives that will be coming up, and about the MPs’ responsibilities to their constituencies.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us.”

Thursday brought an orientation for new MPs with some veteran party members, with advice about how to manager their affairs.

“It’s a whole different lifestyle,” said Ruimy.

He will split his time between office in Ottawa and one in the constituency, which he has yet to set up.

Parliament will be recalled on Dec. 3.

“We’re all eager to get started.”


Just Posted

Being Young: ‘Golden period,’ after exams

I should be plenty entertained over the summer.

Presbyterians of Port Hammond

The core group of the Ladies Aid were the wives of the men on the managing board.

Easter egg hunts and fun for families

More events scheduled for Sunday in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Bobcats, bears, and otters, oh my!

Critter Care Wildlife Society’s 20th anniversary gala set for next Saturday in Langley

Victoria ‘reviewing options’ for removing convicted councillors

Pitt Meadows lobbied for change after David Murray’s sex assault conviction

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

Police say ‘no major incidents’ at 4/20, Vancouver Park Board assessing

The first smoke-out held since legalization saw 60,000 people at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach

VIDEO: Langley firefighters spend hours battling blaze in vacant home

Cause of the late-night fire in Willoughby is still under investigation

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

RCMP looking for witnesses to four-vehicle crash in Burnaby

Police suspect impaired driving was a contributing factor

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Most Read