Surrey-South BC Liberal MLA Stephanie Cadieux has been named Opposition critic for ICBC. (file photo)

Surrey South MLA Stephanie Cadieux gets new critic role in Official Opposition shadow cabinet

BC Liberal leader cites plan of ‘holding John Horgan and his government to account’ during COVID-19

South Surrey’s BC Liberal MLA has a new role in the latest Official Opposition shadow cabinet.

Stephanie Cadieux has been named Opposition critic for ICBC.

“The NDP want to turn ICBC into a bigger, even more bureaucratic version of itself, but I have seen firsthand just how frustrating it is to deal with ICBC after an accident – and a switch to no-fault insurance will not solve these problems,” Cadieux stated in a release issued by the BC Liberal Caucus Thursday (Sept. 10).

“It has become overwhelmingly clear that British Columbians want choice in auto insurance and I look forward to holding Minister Eby to account in my new role.”

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BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson made the changes to Opposition critic roles on Thursday, citing the need to focus on “holding John Horgan and his government to account” as the NDP government struggles to respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

“Our province has been facing the realities and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for six months now, and the NDP has yet to put forward any sort of plan to restart our struggling economy or help British Columbians who are suffering right now,” said Wilkinson.

“Our team will continue to keep pressure on the government to act on the best ideas and solutions to help make an immediate difference in people’s lives as they continue to deal with the pandemic.”

The leader says the party will undertake “a renewed focus on jobs, the economy, child care, housing, education, and mental health and addictions,” as BC Liberals concentrate on the issues “that matter most to British Columbians right now.”

“Our renewed direction has been shaped by conversations with thousands of British Columbians in every corner of the province as we developed ideas and solutions to help people, non-profits, and small businesses that are all struggling right now,” added Wilkinson.

The riding of Surrey-White Rock, previously held by Liberal MLA Tracy Redies, is currently vacant. Redies stepped down Aug. 31 to become CEO of Vancouver’s Science World. A by-election to fill the seat has not yet been scheduled, but one must be held within six months of Redies’ departure.

Files from Jennifer Feinberg, Black Press Media

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