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BC cabinet 'renewal' returns several ministers

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

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