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member of the legislative assembly (MLA)

This is the title of someone who is elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.  The abbreviation MLA can be used as shorthand for a member of the legislative assembly. 

Members of other provincial parliaments usually have titles to suit the name of their legislatures: MLA for a member of the legislative assemblies of Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan; MHA for a member of the houses of assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia; and MNA for a members of the National Assembly of Quebec (Député de l’assemblée nationale de Québec).  Ontario is unusual in that members of its legislative assembly are called MPP—member of provincial parliament.  Members of the Canadian House of Commons are called MP—member of parliament.
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