Best before the election date

Just eleven months ago, the Campbell administration restructured the provincial government to "provide more integrated services across government" - resulting in the creation of the ministries of community development, healthy living and sport, housing and social development and technology and trade. But, even though the Liberals didn't make any major new commitments in their campaign platform, that doesn't mean that ministerial structure will remain stable.

Speaking yesterday with reporters, the premier signaled his government would "integrate processes so you get the best services you can for the resources we have." This, as the government responds to demographic forces that could reduce the civil service by up to 57 percent over the next ten years.

And, in an email sent to bureaucrats yesterday, Gordon Campbell's deputy minister Jessica McDonald advised, "What can often be expected in either a re-election or the election of a new administration is some degree of adjustment for ministries as the incoming government aligns accountabilities and resources with its priorities for the province. I will ensure to keep you up to date as much as possible as any such decisions are reached." The following is a complete copy of that email.

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Good morning.

Many of you will have watched the election results last evening or seen media this morning confirming a majority for the BC Liberals. I am writing to you to let you know what the public service should expect during the re-election of an administration.

Election results are not final until the writs of election are returned to the Lieutenant Governor by the Chief Electoral Officer, which will take place beginning May 25th, 2009.

June 4th is the earliest date that new Members of the Legislative Assembly can be sworn in. Because the result was a re-election, as was the case during the election period, current Cabinet Ministers remain in their positions until a new Cabinet is sworn in. It is up to the Premier to determine the timing of the appointment of a new Cabinet, but it would be some time before the legislature resumes session.

We should expect the legislature to resume sitting this summer as legislation requires passage of the 2009/10 budget within 90 days of a Cabinet being sworn in.

What can often be expected in either a re-election or the election of a new administration is some degree of adjustment for ministries as the incoming government aligns accountabilities and resources with its priorities for the province. I will ensure to keep you up to date as much as possible as any such decisions are reached.

Thank you for your professionalism and continued commitment to public services in British Columbia.
Jessica McDonald

Deputy Minister to the Premier and
Head of the BC Public Service

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I've heard a report that the legislature's going to be called back in July. One can only hope... I mean with the storylines of:

*A BC NDP that needs a leadership review but won't get one...
*A BC Liberal cabinet that could possibly make backbenchers of cabinet ministers
*BC Rail flaming up again
*Budget adjustments probably necessary
*A Premier that may have to decide early whether or not to stand for election in 2013

It's gonna be fun!

Well, Josef, I guess the good news for you is that, from your south of 49th vantage point at least, you won't have to deal with the 'fun' of a new austerity budget that might even turn out to be based on real rather than previously imagined and/or imaginary deficit numbers.

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