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British Columbia government

The Executive Council of British Columbia (informally and more commonly, the Cabinet of British Columbia) is the cabinet of that Canadian province.

Almost always made up of members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia the Cabinet is similar in structure and role to the Cabinet of Canada while being smaller in size. As federal and provincial responsibilities differ there are a number of different portfolios between the federal and provincial governments.

The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, as representative of the Queen in Right of British Columbia, heads the council, and is referred to as the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Other members of the Cabinet, who advise, or minister, the vice-regal, are selected by the Premier of British Columbia and appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor. Most cabinet ministers are the head of a ministry, but this is not always the case.

As at the federal level the most important Cabinet post after that of the leader is Minister of Finance, although notably during the regimes of Premiers WAC Bennett and Dave Barrett that position was conjoint with that of the Premier. Today the next most powerful positions are the Forestry and Health portfolios which have huge budgets and are of central political importance. Other powerful portfolios include Education, Health, and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

In the crown colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, the Executive Councils were largely appointed by the Governor and included military and judicial officials, their role that of the Governor's cabinet, similar to the present except that the Governor took part in cabinet meetings and political decisions, which a Lieutenant-Governor does not. The colonial Legislative Assemblies were subordinate to the Governor and the Council and served more as a sounding-board than a legislative body.

Current cabinet

The current ministry has been in place after the 2013 provincial elections. The cabinet was sworn into office on June 7, 2013.

Lieutenant-Governor
Her Honour the Honourable Judith Guichon (2012–)
Portfolio Minister
Premier of British Columbia (List) Christy Clark (2011–)
Deputy Premier of British Columbia
      and Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing
Rich Coleman (2013–)
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad (2013–)
Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk (2013–)
Minister of Agriculture Pat Pimm (2013–)
Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux (2012–)
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (British Columbia) Coralee Oakes (2013–)
Minister of Education (British Columbia) Peter Fassbender (2013–)
Minister of Energy, Mines
      and Minister Responsible for Core Review
Bill Bennett (2013–)
Minister of Environment Mary Polak (2013–)
Minister of Finance
      and Government House Leader
Mike de Jong (2012–)
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson (2011–)
Minister of Health Terry Lake (2013–)
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
      and Minister Responsible for Labour
Shirley Bond (2013–)
Minister of International Trade
      and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
Teresa Wat (2013–)
Minister of Justice (British Columbia) and Attorney General of British Columbia Suzanne Anton (2013–)
Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae (2013–)
Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services Andrew Wilkinson (2013–)
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
      and Deputy House Leader
Todd Stone (2013–)
Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto (2013–)

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