McRae education minister, Hansen on government committees

Comox Valley MLA Don McRae was named education minister Wednesday morning as Premier Christy Clark announced her new cabinet.

Comox Valley MLA Don McRae was named education minister Wednesday morning as Premier Christy Clark announced her new cabinet.

McRae was minister of agriculture before the cabinet shuffle.

He is also on the prestigious priorities and planning committee with the premier, Rich Coleman, Pat Bell, Michael de Jong, G.P. Vanier grad Colin Hansen and others.

McRae is on the Cabinet Working Group on Family Affordability and Cabinet Committee on Families First. Hansen, finance minister under Gordon Campbell, is also on the Treasury Board.

The new cabinet has 16 ministers and two ministers of state, plus the premier. No new ministries were added.

There is a new cabinet working group focused on family affordability, and the cabinet committee on jobs and economic growth now includes skills training.

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation has been realigned as the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, with the same minister also responsible for Labour. The Ministry for Advanced Education is now also responsible for Innovation and Technology.

Executive council:

Premier – Hon. Christy Clark

Minister for Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier – Hon. Rich Coleman

Minister of Finance – Hon. Mike de Jong

Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation – Hon. Ida Chong

Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism – John Yap

Minister of Agriculture – Hon. Norm Letnick

Minister of Children and Family Development – Hon. Stephanie Cadieux

Minister of Citizens’ Services and Open Government – Hon. Ben Stewart

Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development – Hon. Bill Bennett

Minister of Education – Hon. Don McRae

Minister of Environment – Hon. Terry Lake

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Hon. Steve Thomson

Minister of Health – Hon. Margaret MacDiarmid

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour – Hon. Pat Bell

Minister of Justice and Attorney General – Hon. Shirley Bond

Minister of Social Development – Hon. Moira Stilwell

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure – Hon. Mary Polak

Minister of State for Small Business – Hon. Naomi Yamamoto

Minister of State for Seniors – Hon. Ralph Sultan.

Additionally, nine MLAs have been named as parliamentary secretaries, and will work with ministers to focus on key initiatives of government, such as independent schools, student support and engagement, Asia-Pacific, and forestry. Doug Horne will serve as the parliamentary secretary to the Premier.

Mike de Jong will serve as the Government House Leader and Terry Lake will be the Deputy Government House Leader. Eric Foster will be the Government Whip and Pat Pimm will be Deputy Whip.

Parliamentary Secretaries:

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier – Doug Horne

Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Communities to the Minister Community, Sport and Cultural Development – Donna Barnett

Parliamentary Secretary for Asia Pacific to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training – Richard Lee

Parliamentary Secretary for Forestry to the Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations – John Rustad

Parliamentary Secretary for Independent Schools to the Minister of Education – Marc Dalton

Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement to the Minister of Education – Jane Thornthwaite

Parliamentary Secretary for Non-Profit Partnerships to the Minister of Social Development – Gordon Hogg

Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation & Technology to the Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology – Ron Cantelon

Parliamentary Secretary for the Northeast to the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Natural Gas – Pat Pimm.

Cabinet Committees:

Priorities and Planning Committee

Premier Christy Clark (Chair)

Rich Coleman (Vice Chair)

Pat Bell

Michael de Jong

Mary Polak

Don McRae

Bill Bennett

Terry Lake

Colin Hansen

John Les

Treasury Board

Mike de Jong (Chair)

Shirley Bond (Vice-Chair)

Ida Chong

Rich Coleman

Pat Bell

Terry Lake

Ben Stewart

Colin Hansen

John Les

John Rustad

Doug Horne

Cabinet Working Group on Family Affordability

Mike De Jong (Chair)

Bill Bennett (Vice Chair)

Rich Coleman

Mary Polak

Don McRae

Cabinet Committee on Jobs & Skills Training

Pat Bell (Chair)

Mary Polak (Vice Chair)

John Yap

Steve Thomson

Blair Lekstrom

Naomi Yamamoto

Donna Barnett

Harry Bloy

Rob Howard

Richard Lee

Ron Cantelon

Dave Hayer

Cabinet Committee on Families First

Margaret MacDiarmid (Chair)

Stephanie Cadieux (Vice Chair)

Don McRae

Moira Stilwell

Ralph Sultan

Marc Dalton

Gordon Hogg

Joan McIntyre

Jane Thornthwaite

Mary McNeil

Cabinet Committee on Open Government and Engagement

Ben Stewart (Chair)

Stephanie Cadieux (Vice Chair)

John Yap

Ralph Sultan

Gordon Hogg

Kevin Krueger

Richard Lee

John Slater

Environment and Land Use Committee

Steve Thomson (Chair)

Terry Lake (Vice Chair)

Bill Bennett

Rich Coleman

Ida Chong

Murray Coell

Eric Foster

Randy Hawes

Pat Pimm

John Rustad

Norm Letnick

Legislative Review Committee

Shirley Bond (Chair)

Michael de Jong (Vice Chair)

Blair Lekstrom

Ida Chong

Doug Horne

Norm Letnick

John Rustad

Ralph Sultan

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

General Responsibilities

* K-12 standards and accountability

* K-12 funding

* Independent schools

* Community schools

* Action Schools! BC programs

* Early childhood development

* Literacy

* Libraries

* Early Learning Agency

* StrongStart BC Centres

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

* Education Advisory Council

* BC College of Teachers

* Learning Roundtable

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