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Prince George MLAs keep cabinet posts … for now

Nothing has changed when it comes to Prince George-area MLAs serving in cabinet … other than it may the shortest term any of them has served.

Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond, Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris, Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad, and Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes were today all returned to the cabinet posts they held prior to the May 9 election.

Premier Christy Clark named Bond the minister of jobs, tourism, and skills training minister of labour, Morris the minister of public safety and solicitor general, Rustad minister of aboriginal relations and reconciliation, and Oakes minister of small business and red tape reduction as well as the minister responsible for Liquor Distribution Branch.

The four will serve in those roles at least until June 22 when Clark said she will recall the legislature. The NDP/Green Party alliance will, at that time, likely defeat the Throne Speech and ask Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon to allow them to form government.

New to cabinet is Ellis Ross from Skeena, who was named minister of natural gas and minister responsible for housing; Jas Johal, from Richmond-Queensborough, who was name minister of technology, innovation, and citizens’ services; Jordan Sturdy, from West Vancouver-Sea to Sky, as minister of environment; and Sam Sullivan, from Vancouver-False Creek, as minister of community, sport and cultural development.

Long time cabinet minister Rich Coleman has taken over the energy and mines portfolio and former Speaker of the House, Linda Reid, has been named minister of advanced education.


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