Christy Clark makes Peter Fassbender the minister of TransLink

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      B.C. premier Christy Clark has shuffled her cabinet.

      Former City of Langley mayor Peter Fassbender leaves the post of minister of education to take on the roles of minister of community, sport, and cultural development and minister responsible for TransLink.

      Previously, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone dealt with TransLink, also known as the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority.

      Former minister of community, sport, and cultural development Coralee Oakes becomes minister of small business, red-tape reduction and minister responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch.

      Naomi Yamamoto, who was minister of state for tourism and small business, gets the job of minister of state for emergency preparedness, which is now part of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

      Mike Bernier, B.C. Liberal MLA for Peace River South, takes over Fassbender's old job of minister of education.

      "Today's changes are about making sure British Columbians in every region benefit from our plan to create jobs by growing our strong and diverse economy," Clark said in a statement. "We have the opportunity now to build on a record of student achievement with long-term labour peace in place, to strengthen our support for small business, which is the backbone of our economy, to work together with communities to prepare for the future, and to put in place a plan to prevent and manage emergencies or natural disasters so that our province can recover with our future secured."

      Meanwhile, Jordan Sturdy, B.C. Liberal MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky, gets to be parliamentary secretary for energy literacy and the environment for Minister of Environment Mary Polak. Sturdy also will chair the province's Climate Leadership Panel.

      TransLink recently put up a job posting seeking a new CEO who can expect to earn a "salary of $319,244 plus an annual bonus up to 30% of base salary, six weeks of vacation, and a full benefits package which includes a $14,400 annual transportation allowance, a $2,500 annual wellness allowance, and a $1,200 annual parking allowance, as well as pension, health/medical/dental benefits, and relocation assistance (if applicable)".



      And as his first act,

      Jul 31, 2015 at 11:47am

      he'll probably "partially" lock out all the bus drivers so they have to leave their buses when they're not actually driving them. Then he'll probably increase bus capacity until they are overflowing to the point where the driver can't steer without someone on his lap. After that, he'll probably accuse the bus drivers of using their medical benefits to get massages all day.

      This guy has one note and the volume is way too high.