Horgan Unveils New NDP Shadow Cabinet
Prince George, B.C. – BC New Democrat Leader John Horgan has announced changes to his shadow cabinet as provincial politicians prepare to return to the legislature for a new session beginning on Tuesday February 14th, Valentine’s Day.
Horgan announced the changes during a caucus planning session in Vancouver and told reporters “British Columbians are tired of Christy Clark ignoring their concerns while she puts her wealthy donors at the front of the line. My team is ready to build a better B.C. that puts people first.”
He named Coquitlam-Burke Mountain MLA Jodie Wickens the new Opposition spokesperson for early childhood development and child care, stating Wickens “is going to lead the charge on our plan to provide universal, affordable, quality child care for every family who wants it as we work towards $10-a-day child care.”
Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson now has responsibility for mental health and addictions, in addition to her current role as spokesperson for seniors and local government. “At a time when Christy Clark has failed to do what is necessary to get a handle on the overdose crisis that people in our province are grappling with, Selina Robinson will fight for better services to treat those who have been left behind and ignored,” said Horgan.
The NDP leader also announced education spokesperson Rob Fleming would expand his role to include universities and colleges, agriculture and foods spokesperson Lana Popham will add responsibility for small business, and North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice will be the spokesperson for northern economic development, in addition to northern and rural health.
The full list of John Horgan’s 2017 shadow cabinet can be found here.
The Feb. 14th resumption of the legislature will end a seven-month absence of MLAs, who last sat to conduct the peoples’ business on July 28th, 2016. Premier Clark cancelled the fall sitting of the house.