June 07, 2013 - 5:01 PM
OKANAGAN - The new B.C. cabinet was announced this afternoon and out of the 19 ministers appointed to the cabinet only three are from the Southern Interior.
Kamloops MLAs Terry Lake and Todd Stone and Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson are all representing the Okanagan while Premier Christy Clark, who lost her seat in her own Vancouver riding, will be running in a byelection in Westside-Kelowna next month.
Thomson remains in his role as minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations while Lake has been moved from environment to health. Newcomer Stone has been given the transportation and infrastructure portfolio to oversee.
Norm Letnick, Kelowna-Lake Country, has lost his role as a cabinet minister. Formerly in charge of agriculture, Letnick is replaced by Pat Pimm of Peace River North.
Among the new ministries created were ministry of natural gas development, ministry of technology, innovation and citizen services and the ministry of international trade, Asia-Pacific strategy and multiculturalism.
Rich Coleman, Fort Langley-Aldergrove, will remain as the deputy premier and minister in charge of housing, but will also take on the role of natural gas development minister. Mike de Jong, Abbotsford-West will stay in the role of minister of finance and house leader. Stephanie Cadieux, Surrey-Cloverdale, is the only other minister seeing an unchanged portfolio and will oversee the ministry of children and family development. In total six other ministers remain ministers but with different portfolios this time.
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