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Horgan shuffles provincial cabinet

Premier John Horgan.

Premier John Horgan has made some minor changes to the provincial cabinet.

“These ministers will work hard every day to deliver sustainable economic growth that provides good jobs, a better quality of life and a stronger province for people in every region. I am confident they will put their knowledge and energy to work for people, as we focus on building an economy that works for everyone,” Horgan said in a news release.

Anne Kang has been appointed Minister of Citizens’ Services. Kang will connect more rural, remote and Indigenous communities with high-speed internet, creating jobs and opportunities for people and businesses. She replaces Jinny Sims who resigned from cabinet last fall after the RCMP launched an investigation into the MLA and others. Kang will continue the work to modernize government procurement, so that more local, small and medium-sized companies can do business with government more efficiently.

Michelle Mungall has been appointed as Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, formerly the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. Mungall will continue to promote B.C.’s tech sector, economic growth in communities around the province and support business competitiveness. Mungall will be responsible for trade, and engage with industry associations and major sectors on government’s approach to quality economic growth.

Bruce Ralston has been appointed Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Key priorities include implementation of ministry initiatives supporting CleanBC – government’s plan for climate action – and in so doing, support innovation and development in the clean technology sector, including renewable energy and carbon capture and storage. Ralston will also oversee BC Hydro and make sure B.C.’s wealth of clean, renewable electricity powers the province into the future. Ralston will continue to serve as lead minister for consular affairs.

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