Following the recent British Columbia provincial election, Members of the 39th Parliament were sworn in on June 8, 2009. On June 10, 2008, the Honourable Gordon Campbell, was again sworn in as Premier of British Columbia. Nine new members of cabinet were sworn into office by the Lieutenant-Governor, while ten ministers were assigned new portfolios.

Of particular note, the Honourable Mike de Jong was appointed Attorney General. The Honourable Colin Hansen remains Minister of Finance and has been appointed Deputy Premier. The Honourable Pat Bell and the Honourable Blair Lekstrom respectively retained their positions as Minister of Forests and Range, and Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. The Honourable Mike Hawes was appointed the Minister of State for Mines.

The nine new ministers are:

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General – Hon. Kash Heed

Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development – Hon. Moira Stilwell

Minister of State for the Olympics and ActNow B.C. – Hon. Mary McNeil

Minister of Education – Hon. Dr. Margaret McDiarmid

Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations – Hon. Naomi Yamamoto

Minister of Agriculture and Lands – Hon. Steve Thompson

Minister of Citizens Services and Multiculturalism – Hon. Ben Stewart

Minister of State for Mining – Hon. Randy Hawes

Minister of State for Climate Action – Hon. John Yap

Ministers with new portfolios include:

Attorney General and Government House Leader – Hon. Mike de Jong

Minister of Labour – Hon. Murray Coell

Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation – Hon. George Abbot

Minister of Health Services – Hon. Kevin Falcon

Minister of Community and Rural Development – Hon. Bill Bennett

Minister of Healthy Living and Sport – Hon. Ida Chong

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure – Hon. Shirley Bond

Minister of Children and Family Development – Hon. Mary Polak

Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development – Hon. Iain Black

Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts – Hon. Kevin Krueger

Ministers retaining existing portfolios include:

Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier – Hon. Colin Hansen

Minister of Environment – Hon. Barry Penner

Minister of Forests and Range, Integrated Land Management Bureau – Hon. Pat Bell

Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources – Hon. Blair Lekstrom

Minister of Housing and Social Development – Hon. Rich Coleman

The Legislature will be recalled on August 25, 2009, followed by a budget on September 1, 2009.

Under British Columbia’s Constitution Act, provincial general elections are now held on fixed dates. The next provincial general election will be held on May 14, 2013.