Both of Langleys MLAs, plus two more with Langley connections, will be at the cabinet table in Victoria.
Premier Christy Clark announced the new cabinet Friday afternoon in Vancouver.
Rich Coleman, longtime MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove, is back in his post as deputy premier. He will also be responsible for housing, and the Minister for Natural Gas Development.
The promise of jobs and revenues from liquified natural gas from B.C.s north was one of the Liberals main campaign planks. Campbell himself has been a big spokesperson for the project, talking it up as far back as June of last year in a speech to the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce.
Mary Polak, the MLA for Langley, has been moved from transportation to become the Minister of the Environment.
One of her major responsibilities will be developing the five conditions for building heavy oil pipelines in B.C.
That issue will be key to local environmentalists. The Kinder Morgan pipeline that runs through Langley could be twinned in the near future, and a review by the government will determine whether the pipeline gets the green light.
Langley Citys Mayor Peter Fassbender has been named Minister of Education. Fassbender had been working internally for the Liberals for some time before volunteering to run against incumbent NDP MLA Jagrup Brar in Surrey-Fleetwood. Given the polls that showed the Liberals well behind, it was thought that he was likely to lose, but not only were the polls wrong, Fassbender eked out a narrow victory.
Clark said Fassbender will have to achieve long-term labour stability with teachers. During the election, she was promoting a 10-year contract.
Amrik Virk, the MLA for Surrey-Tynehead, is a Surrey resident but worked for seven years as one of the second in command officers for the Langley RCMP.
He has been named minister of advanced education, in charge of colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions.
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