EDITORIAL – B.C’s cabinet needs shuffling, starting with Trevena

B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena.

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

CABINETS ARE MEANT to be shuffled, and it’s time for one in B.C.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did it in Ottawa last week. Now it’s John Horgan’s turn.

At the one-year anniversary of the appointment of this province’s executive council, most of them remain anonymous. If you went out on the street and asked people how many of our provincial cabinet ministers they know, most would be stumped to name more than a couple.

Maybe Adrian Dix and Carole James, or David Eby. But who are George Heyman, Scott Fraser and Bruce Ralston?

Lately, people certainly know about Claire Trevena, Horgan’s hapless transportation minister.

In 12 months she’s wracked up a trifecta of major failures.

Last week she announced that ride-sharing, promised for 2017, then put off till this year, will now be delayed at least until next year.

Living without Uber or Lyft isn’t a big deal in Kamloops but in the Lower Mainland the talk shows have been going nuts over it. Even Trevena admits it’s taking too long.

Then there’s the lack of progress on the Trans Canada Highway east of Kamloops. The BC Liberals made good progress on construction but the project is now on pause.

The apparent reason is Horgan’s plan to take over the management of contracts on major projects and force all contractors to hire union workers.

Both of these delays, however, pale in comparison to the Greyhound fiasco. The province will soon be without the inter-city bus service relied on by British Columbians for generations.

Greyhound’s cuts to rural service announced months ago should have been a clear signal that drastic measures were needed, but when the axe fell on the entire service in B.C. ,Trevena was totally unprepared.

If no cabinet shuffle is in the offing, Horgan at the least has to get rid of Trevena and bring in somebody who can start getting things done.

Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on and CFJC Today. Contact him at

About Mel Rothenburger (6691 Articles) is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

2 Comments on EDITORIAL – B.C’s cabinet needs shuffling, starting with Trevena

  1. Oh come what did you want her to do start a provincial taxpayer funded bus line. All the NDP ever do is make it union jobs at taxpayers expense so get off that horse.

    • Mel Rothenburger // July 23, 2018 at 10:04 PM // Reply

      My feeling is we need a national transportation plan but, whatever the answer, she had months to come up with an idea, whether it be a subsidized system or co-ordination of various private systems into a network on at least a provincial level. Instead, all we got was that she was taken by surprise.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: