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Local MLAs get critics roles

Prince George-Mackenzie Liberal candidate Mike Morris. Bill Phillips photo
Prince George-Mackenzie Liberal candidate Mike Morris. Bill Phillips photo

Opposition leader Rich Coleman today released critic roles for the BC Liberal caucus.

“We have an incredibly strong and experienced team in place to hold the NDP to account,” said Coleman, in a press release. “We will take every measure available to ensure that the NDP-Green alliance does not recklessly spend away our future and write cheques that British Columbians will have to pay with increased taxes.”

Both Prince George MLAs were named to the shadow cabinet with former jobs minister Shirley Bond now becoming the finance critic, along with Tracy Redies. Former Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Morris will now become critic for the portfolio. John Rustad, who was indigenous affairs and reconciliation minister and who had forestry added when Steve Thomson became speaker, is now the forestry critic.

Coleman also announced that Mike de Jong will continue as the BC Liberal House Leader. Jackie Tegart has been elected Caucus Chair and Eric Foster and Linda Larson will serve as Whip and Deputy Whip, respectively.

The BC Liberal critics are comprised of MLAs representing every corner of the province, ensuring that the voices of all British Columbians will be heard in the Legislature.

“Two glaring omissions from the NDP cabinet are small business and the rural economy. Both heavily contribute to the backbone of our province’s economy so our shadow cabinet features critics who will ensure these issues are front and centre,” said Coleman. “We will make the NDP remember the importance of small business and the economy to all British Columbians.”

Other critics:

Advanced Education – Stephanie Cadieux and Simon Gibson

Agriculture – Norm Letnick and Ian Paton

Attorney General – Andrew Wilkinson

Liquor, Gaming and ICBC – John Yap

Children and Family Development – Laurie Throness

Childcare – Linda Larson

Citizens’ Services – Steve Thomson

Education – Mary Polak and Dan Davies

Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Energy and Mines – Tom Shypitka

BC Hydro – Darryl Plecas

Natural Gas and Petroleum Resources – Ellis Ross

Environment and Climate Change – Peter Milobar

Rural Development – Donna Barnett

Health – Mike Bernier and Joan Isaacs

Indigenous Relations – Dan Ashton

Jobs, Trade and Technology – Greg Kyllo and Jas Johal

Trade – Teresa Wat and Steve Thomson

Labour – John Martin

Mental Health and Addictions – Jane Thornthwaite

Municipal Affairs and Housing

Municipal Affairs – Todd Stone

Housing – Sam Sullivan

Social Development and Poverty Reduction – Marvin Hunt

Tourism, Arts and Culture – Michelle Stilwell and Doug Clovechok

Transportation and Infrastructure – Jordan Sturdy and Michael Lee

Small Business – Coralee Oakes


Caucus Chair – Jackie Tegart

House Leader – Mike de Jong

Whip – Eric Foster

Deputy Whip – Linda Larson

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