Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall Takes Seat in Legislature with Baby Zavier

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall Takes Seat in Legislature with Baby Zavier

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Baby Zavier attends legislature with mother

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VICTORIA - Baby Zavier is barely three months old but he's already making history with his arrival at British Columbia's legislature.

Born in July, Zavier Matieschyn became the first child to take a seat in the chamber of the legislature when he arrived at a parliamentary session Monday in the arms of his mother, Energy Minister Michelle Mungall.

He is the first baby permitted a front row seat at the legislature after all parties unanimously supported rule changes last spring allowing infants on the chamber floor while in the care of a parent.

The policy followed previous changes over the past two decades that included adding change tables in the washrooms and allowing for maternity leave, Mungall said.

She carried her son into the chamber and introduced him to loud applause from politicians. …

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