The major news coming out of today's cabinet realignment actually had nothing to do with cabinet. The reason: the premier used the occasion to announce his longtime chief of staff Martyn Brown would be stepping down to become the new deputy minister of tourism, trade and investment. Gordon Campbell highlighted the importance of that portfolio during his recent speech to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities annual general meeting, promising municipal politicians that his government would be working to expand "international tourism, trade and investment, particularly with our partners in Asia." Mr. Martyn's replacement is former Insurance Corporation of British Columbia chief executive officer Paul Taylor. Mr. Taylor was most recently the head of Naikun Wind Group Inc. As such, some see him as a potential ally for the independent power production industry in the premier's office. Others have suggested his appointment is an indication Mr. Campbell isn't planning to resign.
October 25, 2010