Positive press didn't help Stilwell make it into cabinet

As first reported by The Globe and Mail's Gary Mason, Moira Stiwell will be excluded from Christy Clark's cabinet. That's somewhat surprising because she received favourable reviews from the press for her performance during the provincial Liberal leadership race, even though she eventually dropped out to endorse competitor George Abbott. So, by means of context, Public Eye has assembled a collection of those reviews.

"No one gives Ms. Stilwell a chance, but she deserves marks for putting forward an agenda that promotes health and education. A medical doctor with a specialty in nuclear medicine, she has likely earned a higher profile in the government of the eventual winner. She has great ideas and talks a lot about getting the next generation ready for the knowledge economy." - The Globe and Mail (February 5, 2011)

"Moira Stilwell acquitted herself thoughtfully during the debate, particularly for a rookie politician who served just a brief stint in cabinet. She reaped more exposure than she has done heretofore as the fifthplace finisher she is universally expected to be." - The Vancouver Sun (February 12, 2011)

"...she went out in a blaze of witty remarks that marked her as the undiscovered star of the race." - Times Colonist (February 17, 2011)

"Ms. Stilwell is a medical doctor who has worked inside the health-care system and would bring credibility to the (health services ministry) no one else in the Liberal caucus could. She also demonstrated during the leadership campaign that she is an ideas-based person open to new thinking to solve old problems. Finally, she is relatively new to government, so would qualify as a logical candidate under Ms. Clark's 'change' agenda." - The Globe and Mail (March 8, 2011)

"Former advanced education minister Moira Stilwell gave a textbook demonstration of how to run a losing campaign and come out a winner. She raised her profile and will likely return." - Times Colonist (March 12, 2011)

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