George Heyman, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview, and Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville, were elevated to cabinet. (photos courtesy of George Heyman and Selina Robinson, respectively)
Two Jewish members of the B.C. Legislative Assembly were elevated to cabinet when the new provincial government was sworn in Tuesday. George Heyman, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview, was named minister of environment and climate change strategy. Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville, was named minister of municipal affairs and housing. Both New Democrats were first elected to the legislature in 2013 and were reelected in the May 9 election with increased pluralities. The Independent interviewed both new ministers before the election. Premier John Horgan was sworn in on Tuesday, more than two months after B.C. voters returned the first minority legislature since 1952. The Independent’s interview with Horgan is also online. Judy Darcy, who first publicly shared the story of how her father hid his Jewish identity with the Independent, was named head of the new ministry of mental health and addictions.