In a mini-shuffle, B.C. Premier John Horgan has appointed three ministers to new postings in British Columbia’s cabinet.
Anne Kang has been appointed as the Minister of Citizens’ Services, replacing Jinny Sims, who resigned from her post last October amid an RCMP investigation into allegations that haven’t been made public.
Sims has said she is confident her name will be cleared.
Kang’s focus in the new role will be to connect more rural, remote and Indigenous communities with high-speed internet, creating jobs and opportunities for people and businesses.
Michelle Mungall and Bruce Ralston have traded portfolios with some job exceptions.
Mungall was appointed as Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, which is changing its title, formerly known as the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. Mungall’s key priorities will be to promote B.C.’s tech sector, economic growth, and trade.
Bruce Ralston will now be the new Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. According to a government press release, Ralston’s focus will be implementing CleanBC, the government’s plan for climate action, innovation and development in the clean technology sector, including renewable energy and carbon capture and storage, as well as overseeing BC Hydro. Ralston will also continue to serve as lead minister for consular affairs.
The province says the new Ministers in their departments will work toward the overall goal of ensuring sustainable growth for the province.
“These ministers will work hard every day to deliver sustainable economic growth that provides good jobs, a better quality of life and a stronger province for people in every region. I am confident they will put their knowledge and energy to work for people, as we focus on building an economy that works for everyone,” Premier Horgan said.
“British Columbia has tremendous advantages. We have rich, natural resources, innovative technologies, skilled entrepreneurs and a competitive business environment. Our government has shown that investing in services people need and making life more affordable grows our economy and helps B.C. remain resilient. We’re going to keep working for people and make sure our economy works for everyone, in every region,” said Horgan.
With files from Canadian Press.