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British Columbia's new premier has presented each cabinet minister with a to-do list, and in an effort to promote transparency, has also made these letters available to the public. In the letters, each minister and minister of state is reminded of the governing party's three major committments to British Columbians:

  1. To make life more affordable.
  2. To deliver the services that people count on, by ensuring that children get access to the quality public education they need to succeed, that families can get timely medical attention, and that senior citizens are able to live their final years with dignity.
  3. To build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and the well-connected. Prioritize tackling poverty and inequality, creating good-paying jobs in every corner of the province, and ensuring people from every background have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The premier also reminded his 22 ministers of the Confidence and Supply Agreement reached with the B.C. Green caucus, and the responsibility of ministers to consult the Greens on major policy issues, budgets, and legislation as they carry out their mandates. The relationship between the NDP and Greens will be supervised by the Confidence and Supply Agreement Secretariat in the Premier’s Office.

The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Claire Trevena, has been assigned a long list of tasks, indicating the new government's intention to prioritize infrastructure investments that will make life in both rural and urban B.C. more affordable. Trevena will be responsible for, amongst other things: developing a plan to address the infrastructure needs of rural and urban British Columbia under the government’s comprehensive capital infrastructure plan; reducing the number of tolls across the province; securing federal funding for Metro Vancouver to help implement the mayor's 10-year plan for transit and transportation; and funding transit improvements across the province.

Michelle Mungall will be tackling one of the more contentious files as Minister of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources. As the success of this government depends on the Green Party's confidence in the NDP, pipelines remain a divisive issue between the two parties, and this will have a major impact on the way Mungall navigates the file. The minister will be responsible for: creating an innovation-driven roadmap for the future of B.C. energy focused on energy-efficiency and conservation programs; reinvigorating the Innovative Clean Energy fund to boost investments in new energy technologies and climate change solutions; refering the Site C dam construction project to the B.C. Utilities Commission on the question of economic viability.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman, will be working to ensure that British Columbia remains both green and competitive. This will involve: defending B.C.'s interests in the face of the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and the threat of a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic on the coast; renewing the Climate Leadership Team within the first 100 days; implementing a comprehensive climate-action strategy that provides a pathway for B.C. to prosper economically while meeting carbon pollution reduction targets.

Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, will partner up with with local governments and First Nations to develop a community capital infrastructure fund, develop a homelessness action plan to reduce the homeless population through permanent housing and services, and support the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation by funding 40%of the capital costs of every phase of the plan. Robinson will also partner with local governments, the federal government, and the private and not-for-profit sectors, begin to build 114,000 units of affordable market rental, non-profit, co-op, supported social housing and owner-purchase housing.

Working closely with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, will be Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. Simpson will be focused on developing a basic-income pilot, designing and implementing a province-wide poverty-reduction strategy with legislated targets and timelines, and developing a homelessness action plan to reduce the homeless population through permanent housing and services. 

 

For access to all of the ministerial mandate letters, click here.