Doug Clovechok named BC Liberal Caucus Whip
East Kootenay MLAs also handed critic roles
Interim Leader of the Official Opposition Shirley Bond announced the new BC Liberal Caucus Officer and MLA critic roles today.
Re-elected regional MLAs Doug Clovechok (Columbia River-Revelstoke) and Tom Shypitka (Kootenay East) have been included, with Clovechok now the Columbia Basin Initiatives critic and Shypitka Energy, Mines & Low Carbon Innovation critic.
Clovechok (pictured above) is also a party officer, being named Caucus Whip today.
The team brings exceptional skills, energy, and a commitment to hold John Horgan and the NDP government to account, a BC Liberal Party media release noted.
“I’m proud to work with such a talented team of MLAs who will use their diverse skills and experience to ask tough questions, raise important issues, and work hard on behalf of their constituents,” said Bond. “Ensuring our caucus is a strong, united team is paramount to our success in opposition. That is why I am pleased that Doug has agreed to take on the role of Caucus Whip. It is also essential that our resource sector is well supported and that is why I have asked Tom to serve as our critic for Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. Together they will continue to be excellent advocates for their constituents and key members of our Opposition caucus.”
“I am honoured to take on this important role as Caucus Whip for the Official Opposition and to continue my work as a regional representative for the Columbia River Treaty, Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power Corporation,” said Clovechok. “Ensuring our caucus is a cohesive unit in the Legislature is my focus as we collectively hold this NDP government to account on their promises, their actions and their policies. Together, the BC Liberal Caucus will ensure that British Columbians are getting the best out of their elected representatives as we enter the NDP’s new mandate.”
“As our province continues to tackle rising COVID-19 cases, British Columbians are looking for a strong and effective Opposition that seeks transparency from each ministry,” said Shypitka. “British Columbians want to see a vision that looks beyond COVID and into our economic recovery. I am honoured to be a voice for my constituents and for British Columbians who want to ensure that sustainable resource development and carbon reduction play key roles in our economic recovery.”
The 28-member BC Liberal caucus will make sure there is an integrated response to the health and economic crisis that British Columbia is currently facing, the party stated.
“I’m proud to work with such a talented team of passionate MLAs who will use their diverse skills and experience to ask tough questions, raise important issues, and work hard on behalf of their constituents,” added Bond. “Andrew Wilkinson has agreed to support multiple critic portfolios given his experience across many of these files, and I thank him for that. Our BC Liberal caucus is ready to get to work as we hold John Horgan and the NDP accountable for the promises they made and push for the bold actions that are necessary during these unprecedented times.”
Caucus Officers include: Interim Leader – Shirley Bond; House Leader – Peter Milobar; Caucus Chair – Stephanie Cadieux; Caucus Whip – Doug Clovechok; Deputy Caucus Whip – Greg Kyllo; and Assistant Deputy Speaker – Norm Letnick.