Kamloops MLA Todd Stone returns to cabinet

By James Peters
June 12, 2017 - 3:30pm Updated: June 12, 2017 - 4:11pm

VICTORIA — The new BC Liberal cabinet has some Kamloops content, but not as much as prior to the election.

Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone will return to his familiar post as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Stone was sworn into his post Monday afternoon.

"I've very much enjoyed serving in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the past four years," Stone said. 

"We have overseen a significant investment in critical infrastructure in every corner of the province. I'm really excited that the premier has seen to continue to have her confidence in me."

Rookie Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar was not given a cabinet post.

Stone is not expected to hold the position for long, as his Liberal government is expected to be defeated by a partnership of the opposition NDP and Green Party MLAs.

He says that makes significant new spending announcements pointless.

"Until we are through this short-term period of some uncertainty with respect to government, there won't be any significant announcements or major new priorities announced. We'll wait to see what, indeed, does happen following our throne speech, which we will be introducing to British Columbians on the 22nd of June."

Meantime, Stone says his government does plan to nominate a Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, averting what could have been a significant procedural standoff.

"Our view is that the institution within which we have been elected at this moment in time must be respected. That means respecting the conventions and traditions of the Legislature and of our parliamentary system. Typically, the government of the day puts up a Speaker to facilitate the business of the House. That is something that's very important, and I think it's the right thing to do for any government."

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