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Premier Clark delivers new look cabinet

By Contributor
September 6th, 2012

Premier Christy Clark today renewed her cabinet with a focus on a strong and growing economy, controlling spending and making life more affordable for families.

“Our government is delivering for British Columbians. This new cabinet brings a renewed commitment to our priorities,” said Premier Clark.

“That means staying focused on jobs and fiscal discipline and continuing our efforts to make life more affordable for B.C. families. I have directed each minister to stay focused on these priorities.”

The new Cabinet is made up of 16 ministers and two ministers of state, plus the Premier. No new ministries have been added, keeping the size of the Cabinet smaller than pre-2011 levels.

There is a new cabinet working group focused on family affordability, and the cabinet committee on jobs and economic growth now includes skills training. A full listing of the cabinet committees and membership is attached in the backgrounder.

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation has been realigned as the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, with the same minister also responsible for Labour.

This reorganization is in recognition of the dynamic labour needs that vary across our province, because ensuring British Columbians have the right skills for the right job is integral to maintaining a strong economy.

The Ministry for Advanced Education is now also responsible for Innovation and Technology, a reflection that in today’s economy our post-secondary institutions are key drivers in innovation and technology, and students will be more work-ready with an education that is keeping pace with the latest advancements.

The changes to the Ministry of Energy and Mines reinforce Natural Gas as an economic development priority for the government.

The new cabinet is:

  • Premier – Hon. Christy Clark
  • Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier- Hon. Rich Coleman
  • Minister of Finance and House Leader – Hon. Mike de Jong
  • Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation – Hon. Ida Chong
  • Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism – Hon. John Yap
  • Minister of Agriculture – Hon. Norm Letnick
  • Minister of Children and Family Development – Hon. Stephanie Cadieux
  • Minister of Citizens’ Services and Open Government – Hon. Ben Stewart
  • Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development – Hon. Bill Bennett
  • Minister of Education – Hon. Don McRae
  • Minister of Environment – Hon. Terry Lake
  • Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Hon. Steve Thomson
  • Minister of Health – Hon. Margaret MacDiarmid
  • Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour – Hon. Pat Bell
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General – Hon. Shirley Bond
  • Minister of Social Development – Hon. Moira Stilwell
  • Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure – Hon. Mary Polak
  • Minister of State for Seniors – Hon. Ralph Sultan
  • Minister of State for Small Business – Hon. Naomi Yamamoto

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