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Canada Former B.C. finance minister Carole James hired for $1 a year to advise premier

20:16  28 november  2020
20:16  28 november  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Hang on to your loved ones, says James , because they will be there when the job is not.

British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James speaks with reporters in Victoria about the province's emergency benefit for workers affected by the ongoing

It's as a good a deal as you're going to get in politics.

John Horgan et al. sitting at a table: Attorney General David Eby and Premier John Horgan look on as Minister of Finance Carole James delivers the budget speech from the legislative assembly at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito © Provided by Global News Attorney General David Eby and Premier John Horgan look on as Minister of Finance Carole James delivers the budget speech from the legislative assembly at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Former B.C. finance minister Carole James has been hired to serve as a special advisor to Premier John Horgan for the bargain salary of $1 a year.

James announced last year she would not run again for public office because she had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But she has agreed to work with Horgan, cabinet and caucus members as needed in their new majority government following the Oct. 24 election.

Indigenous Services minister overrules senior bureaucrat on Neskantaga water probe

  Indigenous Services minister overrules senior bureaucrat on Neskantaga water probe Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller has overruled a senior departmental official over the framing of an investigation into Neskantaga First Nation's 25-year-long water crisis, CBC News has learned. Anne Scotton, the department's Ontario regional director general, informed Neskantaga Chief Chris Moonias on Thursday afternoon by email that the terms of reference for the investigation would be finalized soon, and that a consultant had been chosen to manage the third-party probe. That contradicted a commitment Miller made to Moonias that the terms of the investigation would be co-developed with the chief and council.

© DON CRAIG B . C . Premier John Horgan says phase three of the restart plan likely to being next week. Women and low-income youth have been the hardest hit by the economic fallout from COVID-19, B . C . Finance Minister Carole James said on Wednesday. “It’s too early to be able to calculate the

B . C . Finance Minister Carole James unveiled the province's first-quarter numbers from the new fiscal year Thursday morning. The government faces mounting financial losses because of the pandemic.

"I offered her five bucks for a five-year contract. She said. 'I'll take it a dollar at a time,'" Horgan said.

Video: Leadership Series 2020: Carole James looks back at political legacy

 

The longtime MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill is one of the most respected politicians of the last generation in B.C.

She served as Horgan's deputy premier and and as the NDP leader herself rom 2005 to 2011.

"Carole doesn't just bring competence to her tasks. She brings compassion and an understanding of the challenges that we face in our communities and in our province," Horgan said.

"I'm very grateful that Carole has agreed to stick around for at least a year. As I say, I've got five bucks in my pocket and hopefully we'll be able to keep for more than one year."

House Passes Bill Featured on Tiger King That Bans the Private Ownership of Big Cats .
Carole Baskin said she is "thrilled" by the vote for the Big Cat Public Safety Act , a piece of animal rights legislation touched on in the popular Netflix docuseries Tiger King, has been passed by the House of Representatives. © Provided by People Getty With a vote of 272-114, the bill — which Carole Baskin and her Big Cat Rescue sanctuary strongly support — was passed. If next passed by the U.S. Senate, it would prohibit private individuals from owning lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, and cougars.

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