New Transportation Minister announced

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VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C.’s new premier, Gordon Campbell, was sworn into office yesterday, and his first order of business was to appoint a new cabinet.

Among his appointments was Judith Reid, who will take over the position of Transportation Minister.

B.C. truckers hope the former shellfish farmer will shell out some cash to upgrade the province’s highways over the next four years.

Reid, who represents the Nanaimo-Parksville riding, formerly served as the Liberal’s community development, cooperatives and volunteers critic. She was also deputy critic for education, small business, tourism and culture while the Grits formed the official opposition.

Campbell made wholesale changes to the system yesterday, scrapping some cabinet positions all together while reorganizing others.

“We have been entrusted with an unprecedented opportunity to effect dramatic change,” Campbell told supporters. “For too long we have been wed to the structures of the past.”

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