Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Clark Cabinet

Of the 48 current Liberal MLAs, 33 of them are in the cabinet or are parliamentary secretaries.  Another one of the MLAs will be the speaker and another one will be the government whip, this only leaves 13 Liberal MLAs without an extra job.   Hardly back bench that is large enough to keep in the executive in check.

19 MLAs are in the cabinet, two more than her last cabinet.   She has seven women in the cabinet, the same as before.

Three Cabinet Members had no changes:

  • Mike de Jong  - Finance Minister and House Leader 
  • Steve Thomson - Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations  
  • Stephanie Cadieux - Minister of Children and Family Development 

Six Cabinet Members changed jobs
  • Terry Lake - Minister of Health - was Environment
  • Rich Coleman - Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Gas Development, and Minister Responsible for Housing  - was Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier - Minister of Natural Gas Development is a new one
  • Don McRae - Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation  - was Education.  Social Innovation is new
  • Bill Bennett - Minister of Energy and Mines Minister and Minister Responsible for Core Review - was Community Sport and Cultural Development.  Energy and Mines no longer seems to have natural gas within it
  • Shirley Bond - Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour - was Justice and Attorney General 
  • Mary Polak - Minister of the Environment - was Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Naomi Yamamoto - Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism - was Minister of State for Small Business

Two back benchers made it into cabinet

  • Pat Pimm - Minister of Agriculture 
  • John Rustad - Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

Seven first time MLAs made into cabinet

  • Peter Fassbender - Minister of Education
  • Amrik Virk - Minister of Advanced Education 
  • Todd Stone - Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Deputy House Leader .
  • Andrew Wilkinson - Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services Minister .
  • Coralee Oakes - Minister of Community Sport and Cultural Development  
  • Teresa Wat - Minister for International Trade and Minister responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism   - this is a new Ministry
  • Suzanne Anton - Justice Minister and Attorney General .

There are also 14 parliamentary secretaries, an increase of four from her first cabinet in 2011.
Six sitting MLAs are Parliamentary Secretaries.

  • Norm Letnick - Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Intergovernmental Affairs. .
  • John Yap - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Liquor Policy Reform. 
  • Jane Thornthwaite - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education for Student Support and Parent Engagement
  • Marc Dalton - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education for the Independent School Sector. 
  • Donna Barnett - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for Rural Development.
  • Richard T. Lee - Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia Pacific Strategy to the Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism

Eight new MLAs are Parliamentary Secretaries.

  • Dan Ashton - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Responsible for Core Review
  • Greg Kyllo - Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.
  • Linda Reimer - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for Communities 
  • Linda Larson - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors. 
  • Michelle Stilwell - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Healthy Living. 
  • Darryl Plecas - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Crime Reduction. 
  • Laurie Throness - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Corrections. 
  • Jordan Sturdy - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for Transportation. 

Dropped from cabinet:

  • Still sitting as MLAs - Norm Letnik, Moira Stilwell and Ralph Sultan
  • Defeated - Ida Chong and Margaret MacDiarmid 
  • Resigned - Ben Stewart - resigned to provide a seat for Christy Clark to run in
  • Did not run again - Pat Bell

Have no positions - though one will be speaker and one will be government whip

  • Mike Bernier - 2013
  • Doug Bing - 2013
  • Eric Foster - 2009
  • Shane Gibson - 2013
  • Scott Hamilton - 2013
  • Gordon Hogg - 1997
  • Douglas Horne - 2009
  • Marvin Hunt - 2013
  • John Martin - 2013
  • Mike Morris - 2013
  • Linda Reid - 1991
  • Moira Stilwell - 2009
  • Sam Sullivan - 2013
  • Ralph Sultan - 2001
  • Jackie Tegart - 2013

Of these 15, nine of them are first time MLAs, three more are class of 2009 and only three have served longer, though two of them are among only four Liberal MLAs that have served in opposition.

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