Longtime provincial Liberal backbencher Harry Bloy appears to continue to struggle with his new responsibility as the public face of the ministry of social development. Mr. Bloy - the only MLA to support Christy Clark's successful bid to succeed Gordon Campell - was elevated to cabinet in March. But he stumbled through his first news conference as minister of social development, with the Times Colonist later noting the legislator "froze, flubbed and floundered his way" through his premiere question period. Nor was opposition MLA Jenny Kwan particular impressed with Mr. Bloy's answers about his ministry's budget yesterday afternoon.
"I asked, like, three or four questions. It's taken about half an hour there and I'm just going to ask the minister this question," a visibility frustrated Ms. Kwan declared. "I don't need him to consult with his staff and for them to write out an answer. I simply just need a yes or a no."
But that yes or no answer wasn't forthcoming, with Mr. Bloy once again reading from a note written out in longhand by his staff.