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STONE – Thoughts on the last day as B.C.’s Minister of Transportation

Todd Stone’s Facebook post on his last day in cabinet:

Today is my last day as Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure and Minister Responsible for Emergency Management BC.

As the Interior has been ravaged with wildfires over the past 10 days, it has been by privilege to be on point through this emergency with my colleague, Minister of Forests John Rustad (who has done an outstanding job).

While we have often been the face of government’s efforts to respond to the wildfires and support those most directly impacted, we have the easy jobs compared to those in the public service. I have been proud to work with such incredible public servants as the dedicated professionals in Emergency Management BC, MOTI, FLNRO, Wildfire Service, and the many folks from other ministries and partner agencies.

My confidence that we will get through the current wildfire emergency is rooted in personally knowing the public servants who are in charge – they are the best in the country.

That said, as MLA I will continue to do whatever I can to assist in the emergency effort and to be there for folks throughout the Interior, as partisan politics has no place during an emergency response – we are all British Columbians, and will get through this challenge by working together and supporting one another.

As for my 4 years as Minister of Transportation, it was a great run (or should I say ride?). It has been a time of massive investment, big policy changes, and risk-taking – all focused on improving the quality of life for British Columbians. I was incredibly well served by MOTI’s public servants and political staff in my Victoria office. And, I was supported by our tireless leader Christy Clark and strong and dynamic cabinet colleagues and caucus members representing every region of our province. I leave this role with my head held high.

As part of the largest and strongest Opposition in BC’s history, I will do my part to hold the NDP-Green Coalition Government’s feet to the fire, as we work towards British Columbians electing a free-enterprise government as soon as possible. Importantly, I will do all I can to remind Mr. Horgan and his NDP-Green Coalition Government that they have an obligation to govern with ALL British Columbians in mind.

To the people of Kamloops-South Thompson, it is a true privilege to be your MLA. I will remain as focused as ever on ensuring that the projects, initiatives and issues of importance to folks in Kamloops and the Thompson Valleys are heard loud and clear in Victoria. As I always say – I will never forget my Kamloops roots, and will continue to work as hard as I can to keep your trust and make you proud.

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2 Comments on STONE – Thoughts on the last day as B.C.’s Minister of Transportation

  1. R A George // July 20, 2017 at 9:10 AM // Reply

    Like his ex boss,or maybe she,s still boss? he,s also a past master of the art of bull—t.

  2. If Clark had remembered that she was to govern ALL British Columbians, as Stone suggests, she might still be in power. Todd would do well to reflect on the fact that he was a part of an arrogant, self-satisfied regime that only served one segment of the voters. Good ridence!

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