Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap gets cabinet post
Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap has found a place in Premier Christy Clark's cabinet.
Clark shuffled her cabinet today, handing Yap the job of Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology. Yap was also named Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism.
"Our government is delivering for British Columbians. This new cabinet brings a renewed commitment to our priorities," said Clark in a morning news release. "That means staying focused on jobs and fiscal discipline and continuing our efforts to make life more affordable for B.C. families. I have directed each minister to stay focused on these priorities."
Yap previously served as the minister of state for Climate Action and as the chair of the government caucus.
The new cabinet boasts 16 ministers and two ministers of state, along with the premier. No new ministries have been added.
Richmond's other two MLAs didn't receive posts—but neither was likely expecting one.
On Tuesday, Richmond Centre MLA Rob Howard announced he wouldn't run again in next May's election. Richmond East MLA Linda Reid, who is seeking re-election, is currently Deputy Speaker of the B.C. legislature.
Current Speaker Bill Barisoff has said he won't seek re-election.