VANCOUVER – New Democrat Leader John Horgan announced changes to his shadow cabinet ahead of the coming legislative session, highlighting a strong team that will be working for all British Columbians, not just the handful of wealthy donors who had been paying her second salary.
“British Columbians are tired of Christy Clark ignoring their concerns while she puts her wealthy donors at the front of the line,” said Horgan. “My team is ready to build a better B.C. that puts people first.”
Horgan announced the changes during a caucus planning session in Vancouver.
“Jodie 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,” said Horgan, naming Wickens, the MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain the new Opposition spokesperson for early childhood development and child care.
Horgan has tasked Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson with 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.
Horgan 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.