Executive Council of British Columbia

The Executive Council of British Columbia (informally and more commonly, the Cabinet of British Columbia) is the cabinet of that Canadian province.

Almost always made up of members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia the Cabinet is similar in structure and role to the Cabinet of Canada while being smaller in size. As federal and provincial responsibilities differ there are a number of different portfolios between the federal and provincial governments.

The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, as representative of the Queen in Right of British Columbia, heads the council, and is referred to as the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Other members of the Cabinet, who advise, or minister, the vice-regal, are selected by the Premier of British Columbia and appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor. Most cabinet ministers are the head of a ministry, but this is not always the case.

As at the federal level the most important Cabinet post after that of the leader is Minister of Finance, although notably during the regimes of Premiers W.A.C. Bennett and Dave Barrett that position was conjoint with that of the Premier. Today the next most powerful positions are the Forestry and Health portfolios which have huge budgets and are of central political importance. Other powerful portfolios include Education, Health, and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

Prior to their union in 1866, the separate crown colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, the Executive Councils were largely appointed by the Governor and included military and judicial officials, their role that of the Governor's cabinet, similar to the present except that the Governor took part in cabinet meetings and political decisions, which a Lieutenant-Governor does not. The colonial Legislative Assemblies were subordinate to the Governor and the Council and served more as a sounding-board than a legislative body.


The ministry of John Horgan was sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon on July 18, 2017. The current cabinet consists of New Democrats. Composition current as of October 2019.

Her Honour the Honourable Janet Austin (2018–present)
Portfolio Minister
Premier of British Columbia (List) John Horgan (2017–present)
Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Melanie Mark (2017–present)
Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham (2017–present)
Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy (2017–present)
Minister of State for Childcare Katrina Chen (2017–present)
Minister of Education Rob Fleming (2017–present)
Minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall (2017present)
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman (2017–present)
Minister of Finance
      and Deputy Premier
Carole James (2017–present)
Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson (2017–present)
Minister of Health Adrian Dix (2017present)
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser (2017–present)
Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston (2017–present)
Minister of State for Trade George Chow (2017–present)
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of British Columbia David Eby (2017–present)
Minister of Labour Harry Bains (2017–present)
Minister of Mental Health and Addiction Judy Darcy (2017–present)
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (including TransLink)
Minister of Citizens' Services
Selina Robinson (2017–present)
(2019–present for Citizens' Services)
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth (2017–present)
Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson (2017–present)
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare (2017–present)
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena (2017–present)
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