Wednesday December 9, 2022 | VICTORIA, BC
by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends
While it might have seemed like a ‘demotion’ for Selina Robinson to be parted from the Finance Minister’s file that she managed during the second phase of the pandemic (after former Finance Minister Carole James stepped back from politics), she seemed pleased today with her new role as Minister of Post Secondary and Future Training.
Premier David Eby announced his new cabinet today in a ceremony at Government House in Victoria.
Earlier this week, Robinson heard from Environment, Sustainability and Governance experts (at a meeting in Victoria) that some new and nuanced directions in post-secondary training will be key to boosting the supply of workers (as better matched to current and future jobs).
In that context, Minister Robinson told Island Social Trends today that she is excited and pleased about the challenges she will attend to as the new Minister of Post Secondary and Future Training.
BC is expecting about one million job openings over the next 10 years, about 80% of which will require some level of post-secondary training (as announced in February this year).
Robinson’s new portfolio official title includes immigration and foreign credentials.
The previous Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training over the past few years was Anne Kang, who has been shifted to the Municipal Affairs portfolio.
First elected in 2013, Robinson is the MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville.
New Eby cabinet announcement Dec 7 (December 7, 2022)
Economists see housing and risk-vs-uncertainty as key challenges in 2023 (December 6, 2022)
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Fully online since mid-2020, Island Social Trends emerged from the extensive groundwork of previous print publications in the west shore: MapleLine Magazine (2008-2010), Sooke Voice News (2011-2013), and West Shore Voice News (2014-2020).
Since 2008, journalist and editor Mary P Brooke has taken an analytical socioeconomic lens to the news of the Greater Victoria west shore and south Vancouver Island region, including BC provincial news, and national news impacts.
Ms Brooke’s career in journalism, curriculum and publishing goes back to the 1980s. She is also a career-long entrepreneur (including real estate, online training, retail, and publishing). She holds a B.Sc. in nutrition and community health education, and a university certificate in Public Relations.