B.C. Just Swore in a Non-Liberal Leader For the First Time in 16 Years

The Background 

Yesterday, amidst smoke and a province ravaged by wildfires, NDP John Horgan was sworn in as the new B.C. premier by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon. It was a moment that the NDP and Green Party had both been waiting a long time for, as it marked the first time they’d defeated the Liberals in 16 years. It certainly wasn’t easy, as the two parties had to come together and make a deal in order to get the required number of seats to oust Christy Clark. Global News

What Else You Need to Know

In addition to being sworn in as the new premier, Horgan also unveiled his new cabinet, consisting of 23 ministers and six parliamentary secretaries. Like PM Trudeau, Horgan went for a balance of gender, appointing 15 men and 14 women. In one of the most important roles is former party leader Carole James, who will serve as deputy premier and finance minister. Other notable positions include David Eby as Attorney General, Adrian Dix as minister of health, and Rob Fleming as minister of education.

What’s Next?

Horgan said his first priority as premier will be to address the crisis in B.C., as the wildfires that have displaced more than 40,000 continue to rage on. He’ll also travel to Ottawa next week to meet with the PM.