Clark sworn in, launches core review

Premier Christy Clark took a break from cabinet meetings in Vancouver Tuesday to be sworn in as MLA for Westside-Kelowna

Jobs Minister Shirley Bond

Premier Christy Clark took a break from cabinet meetings in Vancouver Tuesday to be sworn in as MLA for Westside-Kelowna.

One of the cabinet’s first tasks is to launch a “core review” of government programs, with a target of reducing overall program spending by $50 million this year. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett is in charge of the cost-cutting exercise, and is to release terms of reference for it on Wednesday.

Clark has described this core review as different from the one that former premier Gordon Campbell led after the B.C. Liberal Party formed government in 2001. The new review will focus on identifying functions that don’t need to be done by government, and reducing excessive regulation that Clark described as a natural accumulation of all governments over time.

Clark led the B.C. Liberals to a 48-seat majority in the May 14 election, but lost her own seat in Vancouver-Point Grey. Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart agree to step aside so Clark could run in that seat, which she won handily in a July 10 by-election.

 

Just Posted

Fire in Sooke hills park likely caused by campfire

Crews currently focus on hot spots

Remains of two people found in Ucluelet

Officials have not said whether or not the remains belong to Ryan Daley or Dan Archbald

New one-way access to Peatt Road from Larkhall Road in Langford

City of Langford asking residents to use caution in the roundabout on Peatt Road

Suman, mom of Reena Virk, has died

Mother of 1997 murder victim became an activist against bullying

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

Late goal gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

At the last World Cup in 2014, England couldn’t even win a game

Canadian military police officer pleads not guilty to sex assault

Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, 48, entered his plea today at a court martial proceeding in Halifax

Cheers erupt as Federal Court judge approves historic gay purge settlement

Gay military veterans said they were interrogated, harassed and spied on because of their sexuality

Helping B.C.’s helpers cope

The MRT has helped almost 7,000 first responders and street workers in 57 communities in B.C.

Border officials argue B.C. man’s Facebook posts threat to Canada’s security

A B.C. Supreme Court judge acquitted Othman Hamdan of terrorism charges last September

Search for capsized fishers near Tofino enters fourth day

“There’s a lot of shock in the community in terms of how we could end up at this place.”

B.C. announces $75M to help friends, family care for seniors at home

Funding will go towards respite care and adult day programs

Timely tide attracts another pod of orcas to Victoria

The pod left the harbour about 30 minutes later

Most Read