Fledgling MLA Greg Kyllo gets new duties

Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo focused on B.C. Jobs Plan while Eric Foster retains post as Liberal whip.

Greg Kyllo

Greg Kyllo

Greg Kyllo was only elected Shuswap MLA May 14, but he’s already making a name for himself in Victoria.

Premier Christy Clark named Kyllo as parliamentary secretary for the B.C. Jobs Plan while unveiling her new cabinet Friday.

“I’m delighted. It will be a great learning opportunity,” he said.

“It will take a few weeks to get my feet under myself, but I have lots of enthusiasm.”

A government release states that Kyllo, owner of Twin Anchors Houseboats, “will use his experience as a business owner to work with government to update and continue implementing the B.C. Jobs Plan.”

Kyllo will report to Shirley Bond, jobs, tourism and skills training minister.

“Shirley Bond is one of the hardest working ministers in government and I look forward to working with her,” said Kyllo, adding he is confident the plan will provide much-needed jobs across the province.

Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, returns as the Liberal caucus whip in the Legislature.

“There’s quite a bit to the job and I’m pleased to do that,” he said.

Among the whip’s duties are ensuring party MLAs are present for votes and taking part in discussions in the House and on committees.

Norm Letnick, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA, has been replaced by Pat Pimm, Peace River North MLA, as agriculture minister.

Regional District of North Okanagan officials had worked closely with Letnick on changing meat processing regulations. Now they will have to bring Pimm up to speed.

“There’s always a challenge with that,” said Patrick Nicol, RDNO chairperson.

“I look forward to working with minister Pimm.”

Letnick is parliamentary secretary to the premier for intergovernmental affairs.

“I was a little surprised (with Letnick moving) but the premier must divide the cabinet up between the regions and talents,” said Foster.

“Everyone wants to be part of the executive council and there’s not room for  everyone.”

Letnick, who only learned of his new position late Thursday afternoon, said he has yet to find out what it will entail.

A government news release said the position of parliamentary secretary to the premier for intergovernmental affairs will have him working with the provincial Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat in the premier office to further the interests of B.C. at intergovernmental events.

Clark’s cabinet also includes Rich Coleman in natural gas development, Suzanne Anton in justice, Peter Fassbender in education, Mary Polak in environment, Steve Thomson in forestry and Terry Lake in health.

Amrik Virk is the minister of advanced education while John Rustad is responsible for aboriginal relations.

“There’s a good mix of old and new and everything will go well,” said Foster of the cabinet.

— with files from Black Press reporter Alistair Waters