Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg was named Liberal caucus chair last week, after being elected by fellow B.C. MLAs in a secret ballot.
Hogg replaces outgoing chair Ron Cantelon (Parksville-Qualicum), who stepped down from the post.
While it’s been reported that Premier Christy Clark had eyed Vancouver MLA Margaret MacDiarmid for the position – and that her fellow MLAs’ selection went against that – Hogg noted he’s had an excellent relationship with Clark, since she was named premier in the spring.
“It’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed working with her,” he said.
The former White Rock mayor – first elected MLA in 1997 – previously served as caucus chair in 2005. He’s also served as minister of state for ActNow BC and minister of children and familydevelopment.
“It’s quite an honour to be selected by one’s peers,” Hogg said Friday, after returning from Harrison where, in his first act as chair, he led a planning session.
As chair, Hogg is responsible for chairing meetings and for organizing and managing resources and staff. He was elected to a one-year term.