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Clark rewards Bloy with cabinet post

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After almost a decade in office, Burnaby-Lougheed MLA Harry Bloy is getting his first crack at cabinet, after new Premier Christy Clark named him minister of social development Monday.

Bloy is now also the minister responsible for multiculturalism, with Burnaby-North MLA Richard Lee reporting to him as parliamentary secretary for multiculturalism.

Bloy was the only member of the BC Liberal caucus to back Clark, who was born and raised in Burnaby, during her leadership campaign.

After Clark was chosen as party leader, Bloy told the NewsLeader, "I picked Christy because I thought she could win. We had no deal. I just came to work for her, I didn't ask for anything. It's not my style and I'm here to help Christy in any way I can."

As Minister of Social Development, Bloy's responsibilities include income and disability assistance and employment programs, adult community living services and mental health and addictions services.

He will oversee Community Living BC, the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal and the Multicultural Advisory Council.

Bloy is also a member of the Treasury Board and the Cabinet Committee on Families First, while Lee is a member of the Cabinet Committee on Open Government and Engagement.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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