Lake doesn’t shift in cabinet shuffle
Premier Christy Clark shuffled the deck today, after many key members of her cabinet recently decided not to run in the upcoming provincial election.
Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake remains environment minister. He has also been named deputy government house leader, under government house leader Michael de Jong, the province’s new finance minister.
In addition, Lake is vice-chair of the cabinet environment and land-use committee and a member of the cabinet priorities and planning committee and treasury board.
Lake told KTW he is excited to be on the planning and priorities committee.
“It’s probably the most influential cabinet committee, so that’s some extra responsibility,” he said. “So, I’m happy about that.”
Kevin Krueger, the Kamloops-South Thompson MLA who will not seek re-election in the May 2013 election, was named as a member of the cabinet committee on open government and engagement.
Some key moves: De Jong slots in as the new finance minister; Margaret MacDiarmid moves to health, Mary Polak to the transportation ministry; Don McRae in as new education minister; while Rich Colman will stay as energy minister.
MacDiarmid’s appointment as health minister is believed to be the first time in B.C. that a doctor has control of that portfolio.
MLAs are paid $101,859 per year and earn additional salaries for holding parliamentary or ministerial positions. For example, all cabinet ministers, including Lake, are paid an addtional $50,929.50 a year on top of their MLA salary of $101,859. Ministers of state receive an extra $35,650 per year and parliamentary secretaries receive an extra $15,278.
If an MLA holds two or more positions that entail additonal salary, they are paid only the higher salary. For a full list of MLA pay, go online here.
Premier — Christy Clark
Minister for Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier — Rich Coleman
Minister of Finance — Mike de Jong
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation — Ida Chong
Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism — John Yap
Minister of Agriculture — Norm Letnick
Minister of Children and Family Development — Stephanie Cadieux
Minister of Citizens’ Services and Open Government — Ben Stewart
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development — Bill Bennett
Minister of Education — Don McRae
Minister of Environment — Terry Lake
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations — Steve Thomson
Minister of Health — Margaret MacDiarmid
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour — Pat Bell
Minister of Justice and Attorney General — Shirley Bond
Minister of Social Development — Moira Stilwell
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure — Mary Polak
Minister of State for Small Business — Naomi Yamamoto
Minister of State for Seniors — Ralph Sultan.
Additionally, nine MLAs have been named as parliamentary secretaries, and will work with ministers to focus on key initiatives of government, such as independent schools, student support and engagement, Asia-Pacific, and forestry. Doug Horne will serve as the parliamentary secretary to the Premier.
Mike de Jong will serve as the Government House Leader and Terry Lake will be the Deputy Government House Leader. Eric Foster will be the Government Whip and Pat Pimm will be Deputy Whip.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier — Doug Horne
Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Communities to the Minister Community, Sport and Cultural Development — Donna Barnett
Parliamentary Secretary for Asia Pacific to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training — Richard Lee
Parliamentary Secretary for Forestry to the Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations — John Rustad
Parliamentary Secretary for Independent Schools to the Minister of Education — Marc Dalton
Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement to the Minister of Education — Jane Thornthwaite
Parliamentary Secretary for Non-Profit Partnerships to the Minister of Social Development — Gordon Hogg
Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation & Technology to the Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology — Ron Cantelon
Parliamentary Secretary for the Northeast to the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Natural Gas — Pat Pimm.
Priorities and Planning Committee:
Premier Christy Clark (chair)
Rich Coleman (vice-chair)
Michael de Jong
Mike de Jong (chair)
Shirley Bond (vice-chair)
Cabinet Working Group on Family Affordability:
Mike De Jong (chair)
Bill Bennett (vice-chair)
Cabinet Committee on Jobs & Skills Training:
Pat Bell (chair)
Mary Polak (vice-chair)
Cabinet Committee on Families First:
Margaret MacDiarmid (chair)
Stephanie Cadieux (vice-chair)
Cabinet Committee on Open Government and Engagement:
Ben Stewart (chair)
Stephanie Cadieux (vice-chair)
Environment and Land Use Committee:
Steve Thomson (chair)
Terry Lake (vice-chair)
Legislative Review Committee:
Shirley Bond (Chair)
Michael de Jong (Vice Chair)