BC Liberal shadow cabinet named

Local MLAs are among those named to the Opposition shadow cabinet on Monday.

Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris will remain the critic for public safety and solicitor general, Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad will continue as critic for forests, lands and natural resources and Shirley Bond will do double duty as both the BC Liberals' interim leader and critic for seniors services and long term care.

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Bond, who was the finance critic prior to the last provincial election, was named interim leader after Andrew Wilkinson stepped down earlier in November.

Other northern B.C. MLAs named to the shadow cabinet include Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes who takes on advanced education, skills training and sport, Skeena MLA Ellis Ross, named critic for environment and climate change strategy, Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier as education critic and Peace River North MLA Dan Davies as social development and poverty reduction critic.

The two NDP MLAs in the region were named to minor roles in the governing party's cabinet last week. Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen is the minister of state for lands, natural resource operations and North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice is the parliamentary secretary for emergency preparedness.

“As the Official Opposition, we have a responsibility to make sure this government deals with the critical issues facing British Columbians," Bond said in a statement. "Our caucus represents people from all across the province and we will ensure that their voices are heard in Victoria.”

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