Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Councillor, Banker, Strategist Appointed to B.C. NDP Leadership Team

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Councillor, Banker, Strategist Appointed to B.C. NDP Leadership Team

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Vancouver councillor, banker head NDP team

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VICTORIA - British Columbia premier-designate John Horgan started putting a stamp on his new minority NDP government Tuesday, appointing three people to his inner team including a Vancouver city councillor and a former deputy minister in the previous Liberal government.

The swearing in of Horgan's cabinet isn't expected for a few weeks, but he announced the appointments of a deputy minister, chief of staff and special adviser.

Christy Clark's Liberal government was defeated last week in a confidence vote in the legislature. Horgan's New Democrats, who reached a co-operation agreement with the three Green party members after the May election, have a one-seat edge over the Liberals in the 87-seat legislature.

Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs was appointed Horgan's chief of staff and Don Wright, the CEO at Central 1 Credit Union and a former president of the B.C. Institute of Technology, will head the public service and be the premier's deputy minister.

Bob Dewar, who was recruited last year from Manitoba to help run the NDP's election campaign, will serve as special adviser to the premier.

Wright previously served as a deputy minister in Liberal and NDP governments. He worked on difficult government files that included teachers' union negotiations and softwood lumber.

He also served as vice-president of forestry and corporate affairs at forest company Weldwood of Canada.

New Democrat member Carole James said Wright brings vast experience to the government in private and public fields.

"People just have huge respect from all political sides for the work Don Wright has done," she said. …

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