Victoria: The British Columbia New Democrats have been sworn in as government after 16 years on the Opposition benches.
In a ceremony led by First Nations drumming and songs, Premier John Horgan unveiled his cabinet for a government that has a one-seat edge over the Liberals after an agreement was reached with the three Green members following the election in May.
Horgan said Tuesday his cabinet is the first in British Columbia to achieve gender parity, with 10 women in cabinet and one named as minister of state.
Six members of the legislative assembly have been named as parliamentary secretaries, ranging in areas such as poverty reduction and emergency preparedness.
The NDP has also created a new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, with former health critic Judy Darcy at the helm, as the death toll from opioid overdoses continues to climb in B.C.
NDP stalwart Carole James is now deputy premier and minister of finance while longtime New Democrat Mike Farnworth becomes solicitor general and public safety minister.
“Our government will offer families relief from high costs and fees, strengthen services like health care and education, and create good jobs and economic opportunity across B.C.,” Horgan said.
Green party Leader Andrew Weaver congratulated Horgan and his cabinet, calling the minority government a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to do politics differently in British Columbia.”
“We have a historic opportunity to put partisan politics aside and work together across party lines to advance good public policy that is in the best interest of British Columbians,” Weaver said.
Here is a list of his cabinet ministers:
Carole James: finance and deputy premier
Mike Farnworth: public safety and solicitor general
Adrian Dix: health
David Eby: attorney general
Melanie Mark: advanced education, skills and training
Lana Popham: agriculture
Katrine Conroy: children and family development
Jinny Sims: citizens’ services
Rob Fleming: education
Michelle Mungall: energy, mines and petroleum resources
George Heyman: environment and climate change strategy
Doug Donaldson: forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development
Scott Fraser: indigenous relations and reconciliation
Bruce Ralston: jobs, trade and technology
Harry Bains: labour
Judy Darcy: mental health and addictions
Selina Robinson: municipal affairs and housing
Shane Simpson: social development and poverty reduction
Lisa Beare: tourism, arts and culture
Claire Trevena: transportation and infrastructure
George Chow: minister of state for trade
Katrina Chen: minister of state for child care
Jennifer Rice: parliamentary secretary for emergency preparedness
Mable Elmore: parliamentary secretary for poverty reduction
Anne Kang: parliamentary secretary for seniors
Ravi Kahlon: parliamentary secretary for sport and multiculturalism
Rick Glumac: parliamentary secretary for technology
Bowinn Ma: parliamentary secretary for Translink