Today at Government House, Premier Christy Clark and her Executive Council were formally sworn in by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon.
“Our province needs a strong economy, one capable of supporting the services and high quality of life that British Columbians expect and deserve,” said Premier Clark. “But the public has also said they want us to do things differently to address areas that impact their lives and their families every day – this new cabinet reflects that message.”
The Executive Council reflects modern, diverse British Columbia. Its 22 members include:
- Thirteen men and nine women.
- Ten ministers from Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley, 12 from Northern B.C., Vancouver Island, and the B.C. Interior.
- Three who use wheelchairs.
- Five new ministers, including British Columbia’s first elected Indigenous cabinet minister with a portfolio.
“The provincial election made two things clear: British Columbians want a government that will work across party lines, and one that will bridge the divide between urban and rural British Columbians,” Premier Clark said.
“For as long as we have the confidence of the legislature, we will work to bridge this gap, and create an environment where both resource-dependent communities and dynamic, tech-focused urban centres thrive, and create opportunities for each other.”
The legislature has been recalled to sit on June 22, 2017.
MINISTER OF ABORIGINAL RELATIONS AND RECONCILIATION
John Rustad was re-elected to represent Nechako Lakes in 2017.
First elected in 2005, Rustad has served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation since June 2013. Rustad served previously as Parliamentary Secretary for Forestry, as well as on a variety of committees.
Born and raised in Prince George, Rustad has lived all his life in northern B.C., currently residing in Cluculz Lake.
ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE
Andrew Wilkinson was re-elected to represent Vancouver-Quilchena in 2017.
First elected in 2013, Wilkinson previously served as Minister of Advanced Education, and Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.
Wilkinson is a former deputy minister of the British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development, where he had responsibility for economic issues, trade and tourism. He also served as deputy minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the Premier’s Office for two years.
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE
Norm Letnick was re-elected to represent Kelowna-Lake Country in 2017.
First elected in 2009, Letnick has served as Minister of Agriculture since April 2014.
Prior to his election as MLA, Letnick sat on municipal council in both Kelowna (2005-08) and Banff (1992-98) and was a tenured associate professor in Okanagan University College’s business program.
He has extensive business experience, having owned several financial services and technology-related firms.
MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
Stephanie Cadieux was re-elected to represent Surrey South in 2017. She has served as Minister of Children and Family Development since 2009.
Cadieux was first elected to represent Surrey-Panorama in 2009. In 2013, she was elected in Surrey-Cloverdale.
Cadieux worked with the BC Paraplegic Association as director of marketing and development and was manager, accessibility for 2010 Legacies Now.
MINISTER OF EDUCATION
Mike Bernier was re-elected to represent Peace River South in 2017. He has served as Minister of Education since July 2015.
Prior to his election in 2013, Bernier served as mayor of Dawson Creek. He was first elected mayor in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011, and also served as a councillor for the City of Dawson Creek from 2005 to 2008.
Bernier has lived in Dawson Creek since 1993 and has 20 years of experience in the natural gas industry.
MINISTER OF HEALTH
Mary Polak was re-elected to represent Langley in 2017.
Polak was first elected in 2005, and was re-elected in 2013.
Previously, she served as the Minister of Environment, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Children and Family Development and Responsible for Child Care, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for the Conversation on Health.
Before being elected to the legislative assembly, Polak served as a trustee and chair of the Surrey school board.
MICHAEL de JONG
MINISTER OF FINANCE
Michael de Jong was re-elected to represent Abbotsford West in 2017. He has served as Minister of Finance since 2012.
A seven-term MLA, de Jong was first elected in a byelection in 1994. He previously served as Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, and Minister of Forests.
Before his election in 1994, de Jong served two terms as an elected school trustee for Abbotsford School District 34, and was a practising lawyer with his own Abbotsford firm.
MINISTER OF FORESTS, LANDS, AND NATURAL RESOURCE OPERATIONS
Steve Thomson was re-elected to represent Kelowna-Mission in 2017. He has served as Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations since 2011.
First elected in 2009, Thomson was re-elected in 2013. Previously, he served as Minister of Natural Resource Operations, Minister of Energy, and Minister of Agriculture and Lands.
A former member of the Canadian National Rugby Team, Thomson is the former executive director of the BC Agriculture Council, general manager of the BC Fruit Growers Association and BC Milk Producers Association.
MINISTER OF STATE FOR RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Donna Barnett was re-elected to represent Cariboo-Chilcotin in 2017. She has served as Minister of State for Rural Economic Development since 2016.
First elected in 2009, Barnett was re-elected in 2013. She previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for Rural Development, and Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Communities and Development to the Minister of Community, Tourism, Sport and Cultural Development.
A self-employed business owner and realtor, Barnett served as mayor of the District of 100 Mile House from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1996 to 2008.
MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC STRATEGY AND MULTICULTURALISM
Teresa Wat was re-elected to represent Richmond North Centre in 2017. She has served as Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism since 2013.
Prior to her first election in 2013, Wat was the president and CEO of Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation CHMB AM1320, served as the news director at Channel M Television (now OMNI TV), and was instrumental in the launch of the first-ever live Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi daily television news programs.
MINISTER OF JOBS, TOURISM AND SKILLS TRAINING AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR LABOUR
Shirley Bond was re-elected to represent Prince George-Valemount in 2017. She has served as Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour since 2013.
A five-term MLA, Bond previously served as served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister of Health Services.
Before her first election, she served three terms on the Prince George School Board, the most recent as chair.
MINISTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SOLICITOR GENERAL
Mike Morris was re-elected to represent Prince George-Mackenzie in 2017. He has served as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General since December 2015.
Morris was first elected in 2013. He previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
A 32-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Morris retired in 2005 as Superintendent of the North District.
MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS AND RED TAPE REDUCTION AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION BRANCH
Coralee Oakes was re-elected to represent Cariboo North in 2017. She has served as Minister of Small Business, Red-Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch since July 2015.
Oakes was first elected in 2013. She previously served as Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Prior to her election to the Legislative Assembly, Oakes was a two-term Quesnel city councillor, and served as the executive director of the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce.
MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES
Rich Coleman was re-elected to represent Langley East in 2017.
A six-term MLA, Coleman has served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Housing and Social Development and Minister of Forests and Range.
Before entering public life, Coleman was governor of the BC Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce and Langley’s 1988 volunteer of the year, as well as a director on several volunteer boards.
MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCESSIBILITY
Michelle Stilwell was re-elected to represent Parksville-Qualicum in 2017. She has served as Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation since February 2015.
First elected in 2013, Stilwell previously served as Government Caucus Chair and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors.
A six-time Paralympic Gold Medallist, Stilwell is the only Canadian female athlete to be a Paralympic champion in two separate summer sports (basketball and athletics).
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Todd Stone was re-elected to represent Kamloops-South Thompson in 2017. He has served as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure since 2013.
First elected in 2013, Stone was founder and CEO of a Kamloops-based software company, and is the former vice-chair of the Board of Governors of Thompson Rivers University.
MINISTER OF NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR HOUSING
Ellis Ross was elected to represent Skeena in 2017.
Ross has served the Haisla Nation as councillor since 2003, elected as Chief Councillor in 2011 and 2013.
In 2012, Ross was appointed by Premier Clark as the inaugural Chair of the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council.
MINISTER OF TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND CITIZENS’ SERVICES
Jas Johal was elected to represent the new riding of Richmond-Queensborough in 2017.
Johal is an award-winning journalist with over 23 years of reporting experience. Most recently, Johal served as director of communications for the BC LNG Alliance.
MINISTER OF COMMUNITY, SPORT AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Sam Sullivan was re-elected to represent Vancouver-False Creek in 2017.
Prior to his first election in 2013, Sullivan served as mayor of Vancouver from 2006 to 2009, and city councillor from 1993 to 2005.
Sullivan is vice-chair of the Rick Hansen Institute, and has received the Christopher and Dana Reeve Award and Terry Fox Award for his work on behalf of people with disabilities.
MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT
Jordan Sturdy was re-elected to represent West Vancouver-Sea to Sky in 2017.
First elected in 2013, Sturdy previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, chair of the Climate Leadership Team, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Prior to being elected, Sturdy was a three-term mayor of Pemberton.
MINISTER OF ADVANCED EDUCATION
Linda Reid was re-elected to represent Richmond South Centre in 2017.
B.C.’s longest-serving current MLA, and the longest-serving female MLA in B.C. history. Reid was first elected in 1991. Reid previously served as speaker of the legislative assembly from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, she served as deputy speaker, Minister Responsible for Early Childhood Development, and Minister Responsible for Child Care.
Reid is the recipient of three commemorative medals – the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.