Local MLAs named to old cabinet posts

Local MLAs Shirley Bond, Mike Morris and John Rustad will remain at their posts in a cabinet named Monday by Premier Christy Clark for what's expected to be a short-lived B.C. Liberal government.

As they were heading into the election, Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount, stays on as Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, Morris (Prince George-Mackenzie) as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Rustad (Nechako Lakes) as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

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Further afield, Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes remains Minister of Small Business, Red-Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch, Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier is still Minister of Education and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett stays on as Minister of State for Rural Economic Development.

Newcomer Ellis Ross, elected MLA for Skeena in the last election, is the Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing.

It's expected the B.C. Liberal government won't last long. MLAs will return to the legislature June 22 for a throne speech that will likely be defeated in a confidence vote, paving the way for the New Democrats and the Greens, which combined hold a one-seat majority, to form the government.

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