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BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark during a media availability in Vancouver May 15, 2013 after her party won in the B.C. provincial election. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)
BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark during a media availability in Vancouver May 15, 2013 after her party won in the B.C. provincial election. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s new cabinet to include natural gas ministry Add to ...

B.C. Premier Christy Clark will introduce a cabinet Friday that includes a new natural gas ministry and a team of ministers focused on growing British Columbia’s economy and reducing government costs.

That is expected to involve a wide-ranging review of government programs after the recall of the legislature, which could happen within the next two weeks.

The Liberals have forecast a balanced budget even though the Opposition New Democrats said during the recent election campaign that the budget was heading for a deficit of $800-million.

Liberal insiders are suggesting Clark’s cabinet could include up to three newly elected MLAs and see several current ministers dropped from the front bench.

The election defeats of two current cabinet ministers and the retirement of one minister leaves openings in the health, jobs and aboriginal relations ministries.

Clark’s cabinet announcement could also see her announce the date and location of a byelection after she lost her own seat in the election.

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