Christy Clark appoints Ben Stewart as B.C. investment and trade commissioner
Step aside for Premier Christy Clark. Get appointed B.C.'s investment and trade commissioner.
That's how things have panned out for Ben Stewart, the former B.C. Liberal MLA for Westside-Kelowna.
Stewart relinquished his seat shortly after winning re-election in May. That paved the way for Clark, who had lost her seat in Vancouver-Point Grey, to become Westside-Kelowna's representative after a byelection in July.
Clark announced Stewart's appointment today (October 28), saying he would work to promote trade with Asia.
"This is a crucial time in our trade relations with Asia and we want to strengthen the ties that attract new investment to British Columbia," Clark said in a news release. "The appointment of Ben Stewart sends an important signal to these markets - we want to be your partner in business. That is why we are stepping up our game, increasing our government's presence in Asia and making clear this is a priority for us."
Stewart will represent the province in meetings with government officials in Asia. His job will be based in Beijing.
The commissioner's mandate is to focus on China, Japan, and Korea, and particularly on liquefied natural gas. He will report to the premier and the minister of international trade.
"Budget, including travel, hosting, gifting, office support will be researched and assessed," the terms of reference for the commissioner state.