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Premier

CLARK ANNOUNCES CABINET CHANGES

18/02/1998

VICTORIA - Premier Glen Clark today announced changes to the provincial cabinet to strengthen government's focus on the key priorities important to British Columbians - jobs and investment, and education and training.

"We've made progress in the last two years, cutting the deficit and putting more dollars into education and health care, but we have to do better, particularly to ensure a bright future for B.C.'s young people," said Clark. "I have directed the new cabinet team to tackle the problems our province faces head on, to build a strong economy where we sit down together to solve problems and create opportunity for all British Columbians."

Clark said to ensure a stronger government focus on the key priority areas, two new ministries are being created. Andrew Petter will serve as minister in the new ministry of advanced education, training and technology. Petter will also be vice-chair of cabinet's planning and priorities committee, which Clark chairs. Deputy Premier Dan Miller will head up the new ministry of energy and mines and serve as minister responsible for northern development. In addition, a new ministry of fisheries is being established, with Dennis Streifel as minister.

Four new MLAs join the cabinet:

-Jenny Kwan (Vancouver-Mount Pleasant), is Minister of Municipal Affairs. She is a former Vancouver city councillor, and becomes B.C.'s first Chinese-Canadian cabinet minister.

- Harry Lali (Yale-Lillooet), is Minister of Transportation and Highways. Lali is a former municipal councillor in Merritt.

- Dale Lovick (Nanaimo), is Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Minister of Labour. He has been an MLA for 12 years and was Speaker of the legislature for the past two years.

-Ian Waddell (Vancouver-Fraserview), is Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture. He is a lawyer and was first elected to the B.C. legislature in 1996 after serving 14 years as a B.C. MP in Ottawa.

Clark said the new cabinet is committed to working with the business community and other economic leaders to build the economy.

"If we're to be successful as a province, we have to have a Team BC approach," he said. "We all have to take our share of the responsibility to address B.C.'s economic challenges and build the opportunities for the future."

The premier also announced the appointments of seven parliamentary secretaries, and announced changes to the line-up of deputy ministers.

Clark said he wants his cabinet team to do a better job of listening to British Columbians, and he is inviting British Columbians to comment on the government's priorities. A toll-free line, 1-800-668-2800, is being made available for people to call. The line is open tonight, Feb. 18, 6 pm-10 pm, and Thursday, Feb. 19, 8 am-6 pm. The public can also e-mail the premier directly (Premier@gov.bc.ca).

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CONTACT:

Jean Wolff Press Secretary to the Premier (250) 387-1718 (Victoria)

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Honourable Glen Clark Premier and Minister Responsible for Youth

Honourable Dan Miller Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Northern Development Deputy Premier

Honourable Dale Lovick Aboriginal Affairs Labour

Honourable Andrew Petter Advanced Education, Training and Technology and Minister of Intergovernmental Relations

Honourable Corky Evans Agriculture and Food

Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, Human Rights and Immigration

Honourable Lois Boone Children and Families

Honourable Paul Ramsey Education

Honourable Michael Farnworth Employment and Investment

Honourable Cathy McGregor Environment, Lands and Parks

Honourable Joy K. MacPhail Finance and Corporate Relations

Honourable Dennis Striefel Fisheries

Honourable David Zirnhelt Forests

Honourable Penny Priddy Health and Minister Responsible for Seniors

Honourable Jan Pullinger Human Resources

Honourable Jenny Kwan Municipal Affairs

Honourable Ian Waddell Small Business, Tourism and Culture

Honourable Harry Lali Transportation and Highways

Honourable Sue Hammell Women's Equality

DEPUTY MINISTERS

Office of the Premier Doug McArthur

Secretary to Executive Council Eloise Spitzer

Cabinet Policy and Communications Secretariat Tom Gunton

Aboriginal Affairs Jack Ebbels

Advanced Education, Training and Technology Gerry Armstrong

Agriculture and Food Catharine Read

Attorney General Maureen Maloney

Children and Families Mike Corbeil

Education Don Avison

Employment and Investment Charles Kang

Energy and Mines and Ministry Responsible for Northern Development Joan Hesketh (Acting)

Environment, Lands and Parks Cassie Doyle

Finance and Corporate Relations Chris Trumpy

Secretary to Treasury Board Crown Corporations Secretariat Lawrie McFarlane

Fisheries Bill Lefeaux-Valentine

Forests John Allan

Health David Kelly

Human Resources Sharon Manson Singer

Labour Margaret Arthur

Municipal Affairs Suzanne Veit

Small Business, Tourism and Culture Lynn Tait

Transportation and Highways Blair Redlin

Women's Equality Valerie Mitchell

Public Service Employee Relations Commission John Mochrie

Public Sector Employers' Council Russ Pratt

Environment Assessment Office Sheila Wynn

Special Assignments, Premier's Office Bob Plecas

Liquor Distribution Branch Philip Halkett

Information, Science and Technology Agency Stuart Culbertson

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Mines Fred Randall

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education Graeme Bowbrick

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests Glenn Robertson

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Municipal Affairs Jim Doyle

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health Helmet Giesbrecht

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Investment Rick Kasper

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation and Highways Ed Conroy