New Democrat Raj Chouhan becomes deputy speaker and Linda Reid is new assistant deputy speaker

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      Another B.C. Liberal MLA has agreed to be ready don the robes and serve as a referee over proceedings in the B.C. legislature.

      Former speaker Linda Reid (Richmond East) served as the legislature speaker from June 2013 to June 2017.

      Today, she became the assistant deputy speaker. There's no indication that she'll be turfed from the B.C. Liberal caucus—a fate that befell the speaker, Darryl Plecas, when he stepped forward and took that job last week.

      As the assistant deputy speaker, Reid will receive a $37,058.65 top-up on her annual MLA salary of $105,881.83. She's the longest-serving member of the legislature who was first elected in 1991.

      The assistant deputy speaker is always a member of the opposition and may preside over debates if the deputy speaker is absent.

      Raj Chouhan (right, with cabinet ministers Harry Bains and Bruce Ralston) is once again deputy speaker of the B.C. legislature.
      Charlie Smith

      Meanwhile, the deputy speaker is Burnaby-Edmonds NDP MLA Raj Chouhan, who held this position in the last legislative session. He too will receive a $37,058.65 top-up.

      He will preside over legislative debates if Plecas is absent with all of Plecas's powers, privileges, and duties.

      The new deputy chair of the committee of the whole is Vancouver–West End NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert. He too can preside over debates in the chamber if Chouhan is absent.

      As the deputy chair of the committee of the whole, Chandra Herbert receives a $21,176.37 annual stipend on top of his MLA's salary.

      His appointment comes a day after Chandra Herbert was sworn into the B.C. cabinet working group on housing.

      "There's so much to be done, and it won't be easy but it feels at last like we're picking up momentum," Chandra Herbert said in a Facebook post.