CLARK ANNOUNCES CABINET CHANGES
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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Jean Wolff Press Secretary to the Premier (250) 387-1718 (Victoria)
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
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 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