B.C. Premier Christy Clark announces cabinet shuffle
B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced a cabinet shuffle following recent retirement announcements from several high-profile ministers.
Rich Coleman, who announced his intention this week to run for reelection in May 2013, is now deputy premier. He is also retaining his position as the minister responsible for energy and mines, as well as housing.
Mike de Jong is now house leader and will take on the position of minister of finance, replacing Kevin Falcon, who recently announced his intentions to leave politics after the election next year.
Falcon, de Jong, and George Abbott ran against Clark during the race for the B.C. Liberal leadership last year. Another contender in that race, Moira Stilwell, will now take on the position of minister of social development.
Ida Chong takes on the ministry of aboriginal relations and reconciliation, while Mary Polak will head the ministry of transportation and infrastructure. Margaret MacDiarmid becomes the minister of health under the changes, Stephanie Cadieux takes on the ministry of children and family development, and Don MacRae is the new minister of education.
Nine MLAs have also been named as parliamentary secretaries.
The full list of the new cabinet positions is as follows:
Minister for Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier – Rich Coleman
Minister of Finance - Mike de Jong
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation - Ida Chong
Minister of Agriculture - Norm Letnick
Minister of Children and Family Development - Stephanie Cadieux
Minister of Citizens' Services and Open Government - Ben Stewart
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development - Bill Bennett
Minister of Education - Don McRae
Minister of Environment - Terry Lake
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Steve Thomson
Minister of Health - Margaret MacDiarmid
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour - Pat Bell
Minister of Justice and Attorney General - Shirley Bond
Minister of Social Development - Moira Stilwell
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure - Mary Polak
Minister of State for Small Business - Naomi Yamamoto
Minister of State for Seniors - Ralph Sultan