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Volume 17 Issue 445- Shawaal 27, 1438 AH July 21, 2017
 

 

 
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::Premier John Horgan announces new cabinet to build a better B.C.

By: Veeno Dewan |
Communications Officer
VICTORIA—Premier John Horgan announced his new cabinet today to build a better B.C. and get results for people.
“Our government will offer families relief from high costs and fees, strengthen services like health care and education, and create good jobs and economic opportunity across B.C.,” said Premier John Horgan.
“We will put people at the heart of everything we do. And we’ll work hard to deliver on our commitments to British Columbians.”
The new cabinet is made up of 20 ministers and two ministers of state. In addition, six MLAs have been named as parliamentary secretaries. Premier Horgan’s cabinet is the first in B.C. history to achieve gender parity, with 10 women named to cabinet and one named minister of state.
Ministerial portfolios reflect the government’s focus on making life better for people including a stand-alone Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, a Minister of State for Child Care, and a Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction. The government is also putting a special focus on jobs and opportunity in B.C.’s tech sector. The government includes a mix of new and experienced MLAs and also includes:
Four ministers and two parliamentary secretaries aged 40 and under 10 ministers and parliamentary secretaries who identify as a visible minority
The first First Nations woman appointed to cabinet
“Starting today, we will deliver a government that works for people. We’re going to work hard every day to build a better B.C.,” said Horgan.
BACKGROUNDER
• Members of the Executive Council
• Premier – Hon. John Horgan
• Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and
Training – Hon. Melanie Mark
• Minister of Agriculture – Hon. Lana Popham
• Attorney General – Hon. David Eby
• Minister of Children and Family Development – Hon. Katrine Conroy
• Minister of State for Child Care – Hon. Katrina Chen
• Minister of Citizens’ Services – Hon. Jinny Sims
• Minister of Education – Hon. Rob Fleming
• Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources – Hon. Michelle Mungall
•Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy – Hon. George Heyman
• Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier – Hon. Carole James
• Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development – Hon. Doug Donaldson
• Minister of Health – Hon. Adrian Dix
• Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation – Hon. Scott Fraser
• Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology – Hon. Bruce Ralston
• Minister of State for Trade – Hon. George Chow
• Minister of Labour – Hon. Harry Bains
• Minister of Mental Health and Addictions – Hon. Judy Darcy
• Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Hon. Selina Robinson
• Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General – Hon. Mike Farnworth
• Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction – Hon. Shane Simpson
• Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture – Hon. Lisa Beare
• Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure – Hon. Claire Trevena
• Parliamentary secretaries
• Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness – Jennifer Rice
• Parliamentary Secretary for Poverty Reduction – Mable Elmore
• Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors – Anne Kang
• Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism – Ravi Kahlon
• Parliamentary Secretary for Technology – Rick Glumac
• Parliamentary Secretary for Translink – Bowinn Ma

::Pakistan Canada Association(PCA) hosted its annual Canada Day Picnic

Pakistan Canada Association hosted its annual Canada Day Picnic on July 9th at Blackie Spit Park in Surrey. People had the opportunity to enjoy BBQ chicken, burgers and hot dog meals at a nominal cost and enjoy the views of Mud Bay. PCA directors also organized games for kids, women, and men in which everyone participated with full enthusiasm. Local MPs and MLAs also joined in the fun and also participated in the cake cutting ceremony.

::Masjid ur Rahmah celebrates Canada Day 150 with an open House in the Neighborhood

BCMA Surrey East Branch -Masjid ur Rahmah celebrated Canada Day 150 with an open House in the Neighborhood. The event turned out to be a huge success.
This years Canada Day and EID were just days apart. The day turned out to be just beautiful on a mild sunny day. Neighbors were also invited to  join the congregation and partake in the many activities that were available such as children having a blast on the bouncing castle and enjoying snow cones, popcorn, and cotton candy along with a chnace to meet with some Local RCMP officers with their Cop Cars.
The sisters were busy enjoying their time putting a hijab display and lining up for the henna paintings and face masks.
Local MLA’s Jinny Sims, Harry Bains, Gary Begg and Bcma President Br. Daud Ismail were also present.
The guests enjoyed a delicious meal served with lamb BBQ and Tandoori chicken, Chilli Chiken, fruits and appetizers. A special Canada 150 Cake was prepared by Aatika Bhamji with the help of Asma Patel with over 300 cup cakes beautifully decorated in a Canadian Flag.
Before the cake cutting ceremony Br Imran Ali lead the National Anthem with all the children.
Br Altaf Sahib- The Chair of the Branch said, “May Allah (swt) reward all our volunteers for putting up a beautiful display of love and friendship towards our neighbors and our beautiful country, Canada.
Special thanks to our ladies chapter, the RCMP, our Henna artists, and our neighbors for coming together to make this event a very successful one.”
Courtesy by: Al Ameen Post

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