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B.C. Premier Christy Clark, cabinet to be sworn in

06/10/2013 10:48 EDT | Updated 08/10/2013 05:12 EDT
Christy Clark will be sworn in as premier this morning at a ceremony at Government House in Victoria.

Clark and her freshly appointed cabinet will then hold their first meeting in chambers in the provincial legislature.

The former talk-radio host led the B.C. Liberals to a surprise victory in the May election, largely on her promise of a balanced budget and pursuit of a trillion-dollar liquefied natural gas export industry for B.C.

Clark named her 19-member cabinet on Friday.

- See the full list of B.C. cabinet ministers here

In all, the cabinet is composed of nine veterans, seven rookies and two politicians who have been backbenchers but will be elevated to cabinet.

Clark named former Vancouver mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton as Justice Minister and Attorney General, and former City of Langley Mayor Peter Fassbender as Education Minister.

The premier added two new ministries — natural gas and international trade — and did away with the position of minister of state for seniors.

Clark said Deputy Premier Rich Coleman will lead the development of the province's LNG industry as the first-ever Minister for Natural Gas Development. He will also serve as Minister Responsible for Housing.

She named Mike de Jong as Finance Minister and House Leader, Steve Thomson as Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister and Terry Lake as Health Minister.

The new ministers will be sworn in at Government House by Her Honour, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon.

Clark led the B.C. Liberals to a surprising victory in the May 14 provincial election, but was defeated in her own riding of Vancouver-Point Grey by NDP candidate David Eby, a high-profile civil rights lawyer, by more than 1,000 votes.

She announced last week that she will be seeking a new seat in an upcoming byelection in Westside-Kelowna.

- Christy Clark to run in Kelowna byelection

Opposition NDP Leader Adrian Dix said he was surprised by the size of cabinet, given Clark's focus on fiscal restraint.

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