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Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA gets new cabinet post

Beare named minister of post-secondary and future skills
MLA Lisa Beare is now minister of post-secondary and future skills. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Lisa Beare is responsible for a new provincial ministry.

Premier David Eby has appointed Beare as Minister of Post-Secondary and Future Skills, and George Chow to her former post as Minister of Citizens’ Services.

“Lisa and George have tremendous experience, and in these new roles they will both be dedicated to supporting people,” Eby said.

Beare was first elected in 2017, and has been in the provincial cabinet in the roles of Minister of Citizens’ Services, and Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

“A key challenge in the years ahead is to make sure everyone in B.C. can seize the opportunities ahead of us,” Premier Eby said. “I know that Lisa will do a great job ensuring that British Columbians are equipped to close the skills gap employers are facing.”

Beare and Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Bob D’Eith announced on Feb. 2 that the province is funding a $250,000 feasibility study of post secondary education opportunities in Maple Ridge-Mission.

Beare replaces Selina Robinson, who lost her cabinet position on Feb. 5, after comments about the Gaza Strip – she called it a “crappy piece of land.”

Prior to her election, Beare worked as a flight attendant, and as a School District 42 trustee.

Chow previously held the role of Minister of State for Trade.

Eby has also appointed Ravi Parmar, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca, as Parliamentary Secretary for International Credentials. His role will be to support Beare in to removing barriers for internationally educated professionals to work in B.C.

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