|BC Finance Minister Colin Hansen - pushed out of cabinet this afternoon?|
You don't need sixth sense to see dead cabinet people - but will they turn into zombies and attack their former government?
Cabinet ministers like Colin Hansen, Moira Stilwell, Kevin Krueger, Iain Black, Shirley Bond, Murray Coell, Margaret MacDiarmid, Ida Chong, Randy Hawes, Steve Thomson, Naomi Yamamoto, Ben Stewart and John Yap are at best playing lifeboat with very few, if any, seats left.
Will any of them openly complain? Rebel? Retire? Join the BC Conservative Party?
[NOTE: to regular BC Liberal readers - time to rush off and post comments here or on Twitter about my role "promoting" the BC Conservatives!]
In early cabinet horserace predictions I suggested Blair Lekstrom and Terry Lake could be in the CCC - that seems even more likely now.
But the real question is whether the swearing-in show starting at 1 p.m. in Victoria is capped by fireworks in the evening, with big egos blowing up spectacularly as their cabinet flames go out.
UPDATE #1 - Moira Stilwell looking grave. Public Eye Online's Sean Holman reports that cabinet rigor mortis starting to set in for the former BC Liberal leadership candidate who dropped out to support George Abbott, not Christy. The Globe's Gary Mason saying same on Twitter - and now online at his paper, while the Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer on Twitter saying it's Clark's second major error - first being no inquiry into Basi-Virk $6 million defence payment.
UPDATE #2 - CABINET SWEARING IN - Hansen, Stilwell, Kevin Krueger, Murray Coell, Margaret MacDiarmid, John Yap, Randy Hawes all join the ranks of the BC Liberal backbench. Seriously - it is tough to be demoted, especially in public like this.
Full cabinet appointments, with parliamentary secretaries and committees plus responsibilities at: http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2011PREM0018-000255.htm#
Here's the rundown for cabinet:
The new cabinet appointed and sworn into office by the Lieutenant-Governor in a ceremony today is:
· Premier – Hon. Christy Clark
· Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance – Hon. Kevin Falcon
· Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation – Hon. Mary Polak
· Minister of Advanced Education – Hon. Naomi Yamamoto
· Minister of Agriculture – Hon. Don McRae
· Attorney General – Hon. Barry Penner
· Minister of Children and Family Development – Hon. Mary McNeil
· Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development – Hon. Ida Chong
· Minister of Education – Hon. George Abbott
· Minister of Energy and Mines (minister responsible for Housing) – Hon. Rich Coleman
· Minister of Environment – Hon. Terry Lake
· Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Hon. Steve Thomson
· Minister of Health – Hon. Michael de Jong
· Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation – Hon. Pat Bell
· Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government – Hon. Stephanie Cadieux
· Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General – Hon. Shirley Bond
· Minister of Social Development (minister responsible for multiculturalism) – Hon. Harry Bloy
· Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure – Hon. Blair Lekstrom