June 14, 2013 - 1:38 PM
VICTORIA - Opposition New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix has announced major changes to his shadow cabinet in an effort to hold Premier Christy Clark and her Liberal government to account for their election promises and record.
Gone as the high-profile finance critic is Surrey New Democrat Bruce Ralston, who will be replaced by Port Coquitlam New Democrat Mike Farnworth, a former NDP leadership candidate and one of the Opposition's most able debaters and agitators.
B.C. politicians are returning to the legislature later this month to debate and pass the Liberal budget, and Farnworth will spearhead the debate as the Liberals introduce an updated surplus budget.
Victoria-area New Democrat John Horgan stays on as energy critic and house leader, but Robin Austin, the NDP's former education critic, takes on the natural gas critic's position.
Austin, who is from northwest B.C., an area central to the Liberal government's development plans for the natural gas and liquefied natural gas industries, will take on Liberal Rich Coleman, who is heading the natural gas portfolio.
Dix says Clark’s government was elected on the claims of a balanced budget, reduced debt, increased core services and increased jobs and the NDP plans to make sure they live up to those claims.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2013