Local MLA becomes a cabinet minister

Donna Barnett: new Minister of State for Rural Economic Development

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett was appointed as the new Minister of State for Rural Economic Development at Government House by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon on Oct. 21.

“Every community in British Columbia benefits when our rural communities are strong,” said Premier Christy Clark as she announced Barnett’s appointment.

“Donna Barnett is a proven champion for rural development who will strengthen our cabinet team as B.C. leads the country in economic growth and jobs, and as we work together to put British Columbians first.”

Clark has also announced Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton is now the Parliamentary Secretary for Métis Relations for Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad.

Read more details on Barnett’s cabinet posting in the Oct. 27 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press.