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Dix announces BC NDP shadow cabinet

British Columbia New Democratic Party leader Adrian Dix released his shadow cabinet this morning, ahead of the April 27 return to the legislature.

Port Coquitlam MLA, Mike Farnworth, who placed second to Dix in the leadership race, becomes the health critic, a position Dix held before he stepped down to run for the top job.

Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan, who placed third, goes back to being the energy, mines and petroleum resources critic and picks up house leader duties, which Farnworth had before entering the race. *

Former leader Carole James, whose resignation in December led to the leadership race, does not have a critic role, reportedly because she did not want one. James has previously said she will stay as an MLA and has not decided whether to run in the next election. She needs to stay until at least May 17 to qualify for the pension plan available to MLAs.

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, who endorsed Dix's leadership bid, got a boost to advanced education, youth and labour market development critic from being the deputy critic on the file. And Mable Elmore, who represents Vancouver-Kensington, will be the critic for multiculturalism, child care and early learning, the latter two parts of which she'd previously covered as a deputy critic.

Other Dix supporters include Surrey-Green Timbers' Sue Hammell who will be both deputy house leader and deputy health critic. Bruce Ralston from Surrey-Whalley will continue to cover finance and public accounts and Harry Bains from Surrey-Newton keeps transportation and infrastructure.

Most of the MLAs who were in the group of 13 that opposed James' leadership of the NDP and forced her resignation continue in the roles they previously held, with minor changes, none of which would be described as a demotion.

Here's the full list:

Adrian Dix: Leader

Bruce Ralston : Finance and Public Accounts critic

Mike Farnworth: Health critic

John Horgan: House Leader, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources critic

Sue Hammell: Deputy House Leader, Deputy Health critic

Maurine Karagianis: Whip

Raj Chouhan: Deputy Whip, Labour critic

Shane Simpson: Caucus Chair, Social Development and Housing critic

Kathy Corrigan: Deputy Caucus Chair, Public Safety and Solicitor General critic and Women's critic

Doug Donaldson: Chair, Sustainable Economic Development Committee; Deputy Finance critic and Deputy Energy critic

Robin Austin: Chair, Social Policy Committee; Education critic

Scott Fraser: Aboriginal Relations critic

Michelle Mungall: Advanced Education, Youth and Labour Market Development critic

Lana Popham: Agriculture critic

Leonard Krog: Attorney General critic

Gary Coons: B.C. Ferries and Coastal Communities critic

Claire Trevena: Children and Family Development critic

Doug Routley: Citizens’ Services and Open Government critic

Harry Lali: Community and Rural Development critic

Nicholas Simons: Community Living critic, Deputy Social Development and Housing critic

Diane Thorne: Deputy Education critic

Rob Fleming: Environment critic

Michael Sather: Deputy Environment Critic – Fisheries

Norm Macdonald: Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations critic

Bill Routley: Deputy Forests Critic

Jenny Kwan: Jobs, Economic Development and Trade critic

Jagrup Brar: Small Business critic

Guy Gentner: Public Health and Sport critic

Mable Elmore: Multiculturalism, Child Care and Early Learning critic

Katrine Conroy: Seniors and Long Term Care critic

Spencer Chandra Herbert: Tourism, Culture and the Arts critic

Harry Bains: Transportation and Infrastructure critic

Dawn Black: Assistant Deputy Speaker (designate)

* Paragraph clarified.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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