The BC Liberal party has released its lineup of critics against Premier John Horgan and the NDP-Green alliance.
Interim Opposition Leader Rich Coleman sent out the list on Thursday, less than one week after former premier Christy Clark announced she’d be stepping down. A few former ministers have been shuffled to focus on new portfolios.
Stephanie Cadieux, formerly the minister of child and family development, will share the role of advanced education critic with Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson.
Chilliwack-Kent MLA Laurie Throness will be the children and families’ critic, with Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson looking at childcare.
Todd Stone used to be the transportation and infrastructure minister, but he’s now focusing on the new ministry of municipal affairs. MLAs Jordan Sturdy and Michael Lee are the transportation critics.
Former finance minister Mike de Jong will remain House Leader, but MLAs Shirley Bond and Tracy Redies will concentrate on finance.
As a new ministry currently being led by the NDP’s Judy Darcy, mental health and addictions critic will be North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite.
“We will take every measure available to ensure that the NDP-Green alliance does not recklessly spend away our future and write cheques that British Columbians will have to pay with increased taxes,” Coleman said in the release.
Critics:Advanced Education – Stephanie Cadieux and Simon Gibson
Agriculture – Norm Letnick and Ian Paton
Attorney General – Andrew Wilkinson
Liquor, Gaming and ICBC – John Yap
Children and Family Development – Laurie Throness
Childcare – Linda Larson
Citizens’ Services – Steve Thomson
Education – Mary Polak and Dan Davies
Energy and Mines – Tom Shypitka
BC Hydro – Darryl Plecas
Natural Gas and Petroleum Resources – Ellis Ross
Environment and Climate Change – Peter Milobar
Finance – Shirley Bond and Tracy Redies
Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – John Rustad
Rural Development – Donna Barnett
Health – Mike Bernier and Joan Isaacs
Indigenous Relations – Dan Ashton
Jobs, Trade and Technology – Greg Kyllo and Jas Johal
Trade – Teresa Wat and Steve Thomson
Labour – John Martin
Mental Health and Addictions – Jane Thornthwaite
Municipal Affairs – Todd Stone
Housing – Sam Sullivan
Public Safety and Solicitor General – Mike Morris
Social Development and Poverty Reduction – Marvin Hunt
Tourism, Arts and Culture – Michelle Stilwell and Doug Clovechok
Transportation and Infrastructure – Jordan Sturdy and Michael Lee
Small Business – Coralee Oakes
Caucus Chair – Jackie Tegart
House Leader – Mike de Jong
Whip – Eric Foster
Deputy Whip – Linda Larson