Lisa Beare, the MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, was sworn in as a member of cabinet on Thursday, Nov. 26. (Special to The News)

Lisa Beare, the MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, was sworn in as a member of cabinet on Thursday, Nov. 26. (Special to The News)

MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows has a new cabinet position

Lisa Beare is the new Minister of Citizen’s Services

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Lisa Beare has secured a spot in John Horgan’s new government cabinet.

Beare will be the new Minister of Citizen’s Services, leaving her former Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to Melanie Mark, the former Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister.

She will be taking over the new portfolio from Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake.

READ MORE: Final results confirm NDP MLAs Beare and D’Eith as winners in Maple Ridge

Beare will now be in charge of Service B.C., freedom of information, information technology infrastructure, checking on people who recently travelled outside the country who are in self isolation, among other things.

“It’s a really exciting appointment,” said Beare of her new Ministerial role.

“It’s the backbone of government.”

“I get to work on everything from connectivity, I’m responsible for Service B.C. These are pieces that are helping people right now through that pandemic.” she said.

Her top priority will be connecting British Columbians through high speed internet and broadband to services that they need to access.

“We’ve definitely seen how much businesses and people are relying on access to broadband, to internet, to cell service and that’s a top priority all across the province, regardless of where people live. But it’s a priority for all of us as we are switching more to online services during the pandemic,” explained Beare.

“But really, it’s a great new Ministry and a great new challenge and I’m really looking forward to it,” she added.

Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission will be the new Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film under Minister Mark.

Before joining the BC Legislature in 2017, D’Eith worked in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years. He is an entertainment lawyer and a two-time JUNO Award nominated recording artist.

Cabinet members had their official swearing-in ceremony virtually at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.

In total the new cabinet includes 20 ministers and four ministers of state. The cabinet will be supported in its work by 13 parliamentary secretaries, with portfolios including Rural Development, Anti-Racism, and Technology and Innovation.

READ MORE: Horgan names 20-member cabinet with same pandemic team

Notable cabinet postings include: David Eby, who will continue in his role as Attorney General but now, also, the Minister Responsible for Housing; Nathan Cullen, who is the Minister of State for Lands, Natural Resource Operations; Rob Fleming, who is the new Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure; Jennifer Whiteside, who takes over the role as Minister of Education; and Selina Robinson, who is now the Minister of Finance.

Beare and D’Eith will also be part of the leadership team for the first session of the 42nd Parliament BC NDP government caucus.

D’Eith will be caucus chair and Beare the Deputy House Leader – positions they will hold until June 2022.

“Under the leadership of Premier John Horgan, our new executive and the whole New Democrat caucus is already hard at work, with British Columbians and the COVID-19 pandemic being the top priority,” said D’Eith.

“We have 57 members who represent the diversity of our province, 23 of whom are new MLAs, and all of whom are champions for their communities,” noted D’Eith.

“Our New Democrat government and caucus understands and shares the experience of British Columbians, and we will continue working hard to support people through the pandemic,” he said.

Both Beare and D’Eith were re-elected in the last provincial election on Oct. 24 and are two term MLA’s.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BC NDPmaple ridgePitt MeadowsProvincial Government

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, updates British Columbians about COVID-19 at a press conference earlier this week. (B.C. Government image)
B.C.’s 1st case of COVID-19 confirmed a year ago today

Here’s a look at some of the key dates in the province’s fight against the novel coronavirus

Maple Ridge Mayor Mike Morden. (The News files)
Maple Ridge grants extension for rezoning applications

Applicants now have until Jan. 1, 2022

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue swift water team drives up the Lower Falls trail at Golden Ears Park to help a women who lost her way. (Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue/ Facebook)
Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue aid woman stranded by waterfall

Hiker found herself unsure of the way back while walking in Maple Ridge’s Golden Ears Park

Coun. Chelsa Meadus
Maple Ridge councillor calls out province on homelessness

MLA says he has been willing to meet with the city, more addiction treatment coming

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addresses the media during a news conference at the BC Centre of Disease Control in Vancouver B.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
B.C. announces 485 new COVID-19 cases, fewest deaths in months

‘The actions we take may seem small, but will have a big impact to stop the virus,” urges Dr. Henry

Gov.Gen Julie Payette walks in the chamber after greeting Senators before delivering the Speech from the Throne, at the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Report details yelling, screaming and aggressive conduct at Rideau Hall under Payette

Report says employees did not feel they had a place to go with their complaints

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker have been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
B.C. couple accused of flying to Yukon to get COVID-19 vaccine to appear in court

If convicted, the pair could serve up to six months in jail

Grad student Marisa Harrington and her supervisor Lynneth Stuart-Hill say preliminary results from a study into the affects of stress on hospital nurses show an impact on sleep and heart variability. (Courtesy of Marisa Harrington)
University of Victoria study shows stress impact on B.C. nurses

Stress may be impacting sleep, heart health of hospital nurses in Victoria region

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Sooke’s Amy McLaughlin holds Theodore, a bunny who will be going to a new owner in Nanaimo within the coming days if all goes will at an upcoming bunny play-date. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Vancouver Island woman looking to hop into bigger space for bunny rescue operation

Amy McLaughlin has rescued more than 400 bunnies, pushing for the capacity to help more

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Search called off for small plane that went down in rough water south of Victoria

Plane bound for Port Angeles from Alaska believed to have one occupant, an Alaskan pilot

BC Place Stadium in a photo posted to
Roof of BC Place a stage for performers during online music festival

‘This will be the first time any artists have performed from the 204-foot iconic Vancouver rooftop’

Royal B.C. Museum conservator Megan Doxsey-Whitfield kneels next to a carved stone pillar believed to have significance as a First Nations cultural marker by local Indigenous people. The pillar was discovered on the beach at Dallas Road last summer. Museum curatorial staff have been working with Songhees and Esquimalt Nation representatives to gain a clearer picture of its use. (Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum)
Stone carving found on Victoria beach confirmed Indigenous ritual pillar

Discussion underway with the Esquimalt and Songhees about suitable final home for the artifact

Most Read