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Two Okanagan MLAs appointed Whip roles

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June 11, 2013 - 1:59 PM

B.C. Liberal MLAs were sworn-in today at the provincial legislature with two Okanagan members to fill officer positions.

Returning Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster was re-appointed as Government Whip while the rookie representing Boundary-Similkameen, Linda Larson, will serve as Deputy Whip.

"I'm delighted to be given the confidence of Premier Christy Clark and continue to serve as government Whip," Foster said in a press release. "With the election behind us, it's now time to get on with what our party has been mandated by British Columbians to do, and that is govern. We're wasting no time and I look forward to the upcoming summer session."

Larson said she was honoured to be chosen as Deputy Whip and serve "on a great team of returning veterans and new faces".

"This election proved that votes cannot be taken for granted," Larson said. "Although we've been given a mandate as a majority government, I'm going to help make sure our B.C. Liberal MLAs are there in numbers to represent their constituents in Victoria."

Whips are appointed to help organize their caucus' parliamentary business. They are responsible for making sure members vote and participate in legislative business including debates, motions and committee work.

The Caucus Chair position will be filled by Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum.

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