Langley MLA Mary Polak is now in charge or roads around the province, while Fort Langley-Aldergrove’s Rich Coleman is deputy premier.
Both Liberal MLAs were moved in Premier Christy Clark’s cabinet shuffle, which was caused by the departure of Cloverdale’s Kevin Falcon as finance minister and deputy premier last week.
Coleman retains most of his previous responsibilities, with his Ministry of Energy and Mines re-dubbed the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Natural Gas.
The move is to reinforce the importance of natural gas development as an economic driver for B.C., according to a statement for the premier’s office.
Polak has spent the last year and a half heading up the Ministry for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.
The shuffle vaults her into the front rank of cabinet ministers alongside the ministers holding jobs such as forests, education, health, and finance.