Out of service

Let us take a moment of silence to witness the departure of tourism, culture and the arts deputy minister Bruce Okabe, whose appointment was rescinded effective August 31. Acccording to the ministy, Mr. Okabe resigned to "pursue other opportunities." The order in council rescinding that appointment was passed on August 21 - just 13 days after the Campbell administration announced the maximum payable salary for deputy ministers was increasing 34.93 percent to $299,215. Mr. Okabe joined the administration on May 15, 2006, having been the business solutions vice-president for Telus Corp. He's been replaced by Philip Steenkamp, the premier's social development strategic policy deputy minister.

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