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MLA Mungall named new Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness

From left, Anne Kang as Minister of Citizens’ Services, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, Bruce Ralston as Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and BC Premier John Horgan.

Premier John Horgan shuffled the deck chairs for the Provincial Cabinet Wednesday, which landed Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall in the seat of Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness. 

In a media release Wednesday, Horgan said the change is part of the changes to cabinet announced this morning by Premier Horgan that reflect government’s commitment to a strong, sustainable and innovative economy that benefits people and communities throughout British Columbia.

“These ministers will work hard every day to deliver sustainable economic growth that provides good jobs, a better quality of life and a stronger province for people in every region,” Premier Horgan said. "I am confident they will put their knowledge and energy to work for people, as we focus on building an economy that works for everyone."

Other changes announced Wednesday include appointing Bruce Ralston as Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Anne Kang as Minister of Citizens’ Services.

“I am looking forward to building BC’s economic strength even further while also bringing my rural perspective to this important role,” said Mungall of her new role. 

As Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, formerly the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Mungall, who formely held the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources portfolio, will continue to promote B.C.'s tech sector, economic growth in communities around the province and support business competitiveness.

Horgan said will be responsible for trade, and engage with industry associations and major sectors on government's approach to quality economic growth.

“British Columbia has tremendous advantages,” Premier Horgan said.

“We have rich, natural resources, innovative technologies, skilled entrepreneurs and a competitive business environment. Our government has shown that investing in services people need and making life more affordable grows our economy and helps B.C. remain resilient. We’re going to keep working for people and make sure our economy works for everyone, in every region.”