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B.C. legislature dress code proposal includes 'contemporary' modifications

Last Updated May 28, 2019 at 5:48 pm PDT

FILE - Bhinder Sajan, right to left, Shannon Waters, Liza Yuzda, Justine Hunter, Jen Holmwood, Katie DeRosa, Tanya Fletcher and Kylie Stanton pose for a photo at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on Thursday, March 28, 2019. A dress code debate at British Columbia's legislature prompted some women staff and journalists to roll up their sleeves in protest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Drik Meissner

VICTORIA — A report by the acting clerk of British Columbia’s legislature proposes an updated dress code modelled on what is considered professional and contemporary business attire.

Kate Ryan-Lloyd’s report makes 14 recommendations covering what’s appropriate attire at the legislature for politicians, staff and employees, including members of the media.

Ryan-Lloyd says she hopes her report strikes the proper balance for dress expectations in the unique and modern environment at the legislature for politicians and others who work in the building.

Speaker Darryl Plecas ordered a review of the legislature’s dress policy in March after several female reporters and an New Democrat staff member wore short sleeves to work in response to legislature staff telling some women to cover their arms.

Plecas immediately approved preliminary dress guidelines ahead of the review of guidelines, stating business attire for women can include clothing that shows their arms.

Ryan-Lloyd’s review says politicians must amend the legislature’s standing orders for dress if they approve of her recommendations.


The Canadian Press