Just love the bold move of Adrian Dix in lining up Don Wright to be the deputy minister to the premier and head of the B.C. civil service three months before he wins the election.
Being the head of the Public Service Agency (PSA) is a crucial role in government. Many can only hope that Wright will take a good look at what is floating around in PSA and do some spring house cleaning to get a fresh start for a new government.
The president of the B.C. Institute of Technology is stepping down to
help prepare the province’s New Democratic Party for a possible
transition to government.
If the NDP win the May 14 election, Don
Wright will serve as the deputy minister to the premier and as the head
of the civil service.
It’s a key appointment choice, but an
unusual tactic to announce three months in advance of the election. In
naming Mr. Wright’s potential role now, Mr. Dix is building on efforts
to counter his critics who argue that a return to NDP government would
destabilize the province at a time when the economy is fragile.
A former forest industry executive and a senior member of the
Business Council of B.C., Mr. Wright has built a reputation as a
non-partisan, working in both the private and public sector. He has also
taught economics at Harvard University.
In an interview, NDP Leader Adrian Dix noted there is no guarantee of a job for Mr. Wright.
“I’m somewhat superstitious about these things,” he said. “It is up to the voters. But it’s our duty to be ready.”
NDP opposition has been running well ahead of the governing Liberals in
the polls, but Mr. Dix has cautioned his supporters that the gap will
close before voting day.
He said he consulted with Mr. Wright
about his skills and training platform, and first broached the
prospective appointment late last year.