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Not going to have Andrew Wilkinson to kick around any more, as he has now completley stepped down as Liberal Leader without answering one single question about the election. 

Whoever the Liberals choose to replace him, hopefully it won't be one of those creeps that was caught on that not so secret North Vancouver related video where Bowinn Ma was trashed.


New BC Cabinet

The full cabinet included 20 full ministers and four ministers of state.

  • Anne Kang, minister of advanced education and skills training
  • Lana Popham, minister of agriculture, food and fisheries
  • Lisa Beare, minister of citizens’ services
  • Mitzi Dean, minister of children and family development
  • Katrina Chen, minister of state for child care
  • Jennifer Whiteside, minister of education
  • Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and low-carbon innovation
  • George Heyman, minister of environment and minister responsible for TransLink
  • Selina Robinson, minister of finance
  • Katrine Conroy, minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development
  • Nathan Cullen, minister of state for lands and natural resource operations
  • Adrian Dix, minister of health
  • Murray Rankin, minister of indigenous relations and reconciliation
  • Ravi Kahlon, minister of jobs, economic recovery and innovation
  • George Chow, minister of state for trade
  • Harry Bains, minister of labour
  • Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions
  • Josie Osborne, minister of municipal affairs
  • Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, minister responsible for ICBC
  • Nicholas Simons, minister of social development and poverty reduction
  • Melanie Mark, minister of tourism, arts, culture and sport
  • Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure
  • Bowinn Ma, minister of state for infrastructure
  • David Eby, attorney general and minister responsible for housing (ICBC, which had previously been under Eby’s portfolio, has been moved to the Solicitor General’s Ministry)

Premier Horgan is looking at the feasability of a interprovincial travel ban because of Covid-19.

The B.C. government is getting legal advice to determine whether an inter-provincial travel ban would be doable — or even constitutional — as a way to protect the province while the number of COVID-19 cases soars in other parts of Canada.

Premier John Horgan on Thursday said he and other leaders will be speaking about the issue later in the day and on Friday during a virtual, two-day cabinet retreat. He said he's aiming to nail down by the end of the summit which options the government can take, if any.

"People have been talking about [a ban] for months and months, as you know, and I think it's time we put it to bed finally and say either, 'We can do it, and this is how we can do it,' or 'We can't,'" the premier said. "We have been trying our best to find a way to meet that objective ... in a way that's consistent with the charter and other fundamental rights here in Canada. So, legal advice is what we've sought." ...

B.C.'s case counts have fairly consistently been in a better place than those in provinces like Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. In Ontario, a strict new stay-at-home order came into effect at 12:01 a.m. local time as case counts spiked and patients crowded hospitals. The epidemiological curves in Quebec and Saskatchewan are also trending upward, while B.C.'s is now heading down after a peak in November. ...

An emergency room doctor from Whistler, B.C., joined the call for inter-provincial restrictions this week after seeing a "worrying" number of patients from Ontario and Quebec who had travelled west over the holidays. ...

There have been questions about the constitutionality of an inter-provincial travel ban since the idea first arose in the spring. Given the extreme situation in which governments find themselves — trying to manage a lethal global pandemic changing by the day — the idea of an inter-provincial travel ban isn't out of the question.