British Columbia Premier Christy Clark today appointed a cabinet that she says balances the desire for renewal with the need for stability.
The shuffle sees Mike de Jong move from health to finance, replacing Kevin Falcon who announced last week he's quitting provincial politics. De Jong also takes over house leader duties, a position he previously held when Gordon Campbell was premier.
Ben Stewart and Bill Bennett also return to positions they held under Campbell, as ministers of respectively citizens' services and open government, and community, sport and cultural development.
Margaret MacDiarmid, a family physician, moves into health. MacDiarmid is a former head of the B.C. Medical Association and says she maintains a friendship with Brian Day, a doctor who has been in a court battle with the provincial government over extra billing at private clinics.
Don McRae moves to education, Stephanie Cadieux to children and family development, Norm Letnick to agriculture, John Yap to advanced education, Mary Polak to transportation, Ida Chong to aboriginal relations and reconciliation, and Moira Stilwell to social development.
Responsibility for labour moves from citizens' services and is added to the jobs, tourism and skills training ministry.
Ministers retaining their positions include Rich Coleman, Terry Lake, Steve Thomson, Pat Bell and Shirley Bond.
Following is a full list:
Premier - Christy Clark
Energy, Mines and Natural Gas - Rich Coleman
Finance and House Leader - Mike de Jong
Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation - Ida Chong
Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology - John Yap
Agriculture - Norm Letnick
Children and Family Development - Stephanie Cadieux
Citizens' Services and Open Government - Ben Stewart
Community, Sport and Cultural Development - Bill Bennett
Education - Don McRae
Environment - Terry Lake
Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Steve Thomson
Health - Margaret MacDiarmid
Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training - Pat Bell
Justice and Attorney General - Shirley Bond
Social Development - Moira Stilwell
Transportation and Infrastructure - Mary Polak
Minister of State for Seniors - Ralph Sultan
Minister of State for Small Business - Naomi Yamamoto