Thursday, September 6, 2012


BC Politics

The Shuffle Song 

Greens say more Liberal resignations coming down the pike

Released by the BC Green Party


hristy Clark acted quickly to replace her departing ministers. Her cabinet is mostly made up of experienced cabinet ministers with some like Ida Chong getting promoted to full ministries and Bill Bennett and Moira Stilwell returning to cabinet.


Promotions have gone to steady performers Don McRae to Education, Stephanie Cadieux to Children and Family Development, Mary Polak to Transportation and Margaret McDiarmid to Health. With the latter, Clark ended the practice of not appointing a doctor to the Health  Ministry. It will be interesting to see if her credentials bring a new orientation to the ever-expanding health care budget and the need for reform in our approach to healthcare.

Loyalty would seem to be the basis for Ida Chong's promotion to Aboriginal Relations and to Bill Bennett's appointment to Culture. Moira Stillwell's return to Cabinet in Social Development makes up for Clark's surprising decision to drop her from Cabinet after the leadership race.

Norm Letnick in Agriculture and Ralph Sultan as Minister if State for Seniors represent the lottery winners in this Cabinet. The
well-credentialed, personable and intelligent Sultan has been passed over since he entered government.

Rich Coleman likely had his pick of positions. His decision to stay put and add Deputy Premier to his portfolios demonstrates that he wants to continue to be the power broker in the energy, housing and the controversial liquor distribution privatization process.

Several key Liberals were absent from the appointments suggesting we'll see a few more Liberals announce they will bow out of politics in the near future.

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