Mable Elmore bypassed for cabinet
By Ted Alcuitas
Three-termer MLA Mable Elmore has been bypassed for cabinet in today’s announcement of the New Democrat’s swearing-in ceremony.
Instead, the MLA for Vancouver-Kensington, where a substantial number of her constituents are Filipino Canadians, has been relegated to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
The minister is Vancouver-Hastings Shane Simpson, a four-term veteran.
Parliamentary secretaries assist the Minister and answer questions in the House in their absence. They also serve as a training ground for future cabinet ministers.
The 22-member cabinet has two new members of the ethnic minority – Katrina Chen (Burnaby-Lougheed) as Minister for Child Care and George Chow (Vancouver-Fraserview) as Minister of State for Trade.
The first indigenous person to be elected in the province, Melanie Clark (Vancouver-Mount Pleasant) has been appointed as Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
The full cabinet list:
* Premier – Hon. John Horgan
* Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training – Hon. Melanie Mark
* Minister of Agriculture – Hon. Lana Popham
* Attorney General – Hon. David Eby
* Minister of Children and Family Development – Hon. Katrine Conroy
* Minister of State for Child Care – Hon. Katrina Chen
* Minister of Citizens’ Services – Hon. Jinny Sims
* Minister of Education – Hon. Rob Fleming
* Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources – Hon. Michelle Mungall
* Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy – Hon. George Heyman
* Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier – Hon. Carole James
* Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development – Hon. Doug Donaldson
* Minister of Health – Hon. Adrian Dix
* Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation – Hon. Scott Fraser
* Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology – Hon. Bruce Ralston
* Minister of State for Trade – Hon. George Chow
* Minister of Labour – Hon. Harry Bains
* Minister of Mental Health and Addictions – Hon. Judy Darcy
* Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Hon. Selina Robinson
* Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General – Hon. Mike Farnworth
* Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction – Hon. Shane Simpson
* Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture – Hon. Lisa Beare
* Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure – Hon. Claire Trevena
* Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness – Jennifer Rice
* Parliamentary Secretary for Poverty Reduction – Mable Elmore
* Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors – Anne Kang
* Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism – Ravi Kahlon
* Parliamentary Secretary for Technology – Rick Glumac
* Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink – Bowinn Ma