KAMLOOPS – Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone was named the BC Liberal Critic for Jobs, Economic Recovery, and Innovation, while Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar was named the House Leader for the Official Opposition and BC Liberal Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

“I’m excited and eager to take on this important role as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hammer B.C.’s economy,” said Stone. “I will push John Horgan and the NDP for action to create jobs and leverage innovation to rebuild the economy, to help British Columbia emerge stronger than before. We need this government to keep our province competitive on the global stage at this critical time.”

Both Milobar and Stone were sworn in as re-elected MLAs on Friday at a virtual ceremony held by the Legislature.

“I want to thank the people of Kamloops-North Thompson for once again giving me the responsibility to represent them in Victoria and providing me with the opportunity to take on these important new roles,” added Milobar. “It’s vital that we ensure the government takes seriously the physical and economic health of everyone who calls this land home, especially our First Nations communities who are at significant risk from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The new BC Liberal critics announced today will make sure there is an integrated response to the health and economic crisis that British Columbia is currently facing.

“I’m confident that Peter and Todd will ask tough questions and bring bold ideas forward to reinvigorate the economy, as far too many families and businesses are still struggling from the impact of this pandemic,” added Shirley Bond, Interim Leader of the Official Opposition. “Our BC Liberal caucus is ready to get to work as we hold John Horgan and the NDP accountable for the promises they made to the people of Kamloops, and all British Columbians, and push for the important actions needed during these unprecedented times.”