New Alberta cabinet includes familiar faces in prominent portfolios


Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has opted for a mixture of stability and new faces in her first cabinet.

Travis Toews will return to his prior position as finance minister after narrowly dropping to Smith on the sixth poll in the UCP management vote.

Smith has additionally rewarded Kaycee Madu and Nathan Neudorf with the title of deputy premiers. Madu will lead a brand new ministry of expert trades and professions, and Neudorf might be on the helm of infrastructure.

“Our workforce will work day-after-day to achieve your belief, make daring modifications and proceed to construct probably the most modern, entrepreneurial and welcoming place in the world,” Smith mentioned in a information launch.

After they’re sworn in at a ceremony on Monday, there might be 27 ministers across the cabinet desk. That’s a rise from the present 20 ministers and 5 affiliate ministers.

Smith is retaining the present ministers of well being, training, justice and superior training.

The appointees are as follows:

  • Deputy Premier and Minister of Skilled Trades and Professions – Kaycee Madu

  • Deputy Premier and Minister of Infrastructure – Nathan Neudorf

  • President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance – Travis Toews

  • Minister of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development – Brian Jean

  • Minister of Justice – Tyler Shandro

  • Minister of Health – Jason Copping

  • Minister of Energy – Pete Guthrie

  • Minister of Environment and Protected Areas – Sonya Savage

  • Minister of Technology and Innovation – Nate Glubish

  • Minister of Affordability and Utilities – Matt Jones

  • Minister of Municipal Affairs – Rebecca Schulz

  • Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors – Devin Dreeshen

  • Minister of Public Safety – Mike Ellis

  • Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation – Nate Horner

  • Minister of Forestry, Parks and Tourism – Todd Loewen

  • Minister of Trade, Immigration and Multiculturalism – Rajan Sawhney

  • Minister of Education – Adriana LaGrange

  • Minister of Advanced Education – Demetrios Nicolaides

  • Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction – Dale Nally

  • Minister of Indigenous Relations – Rick Wilson

  • Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services – Jeremy Nixon

  • Minister of Children’s Services – Mickey Amery

  • Minister of Mental Health and Addictions – Nicholas Milliken

  • Minister of Culture – Jason Luan

Five of her six management contest rivals might be in cabinet, together with Jean in the revamped ministry of jobs, financial system and northern improvement and Loewen in the newly mixed ministry of forestry, parks and tourism.

Schulz will take over municipal affairs and Sawhney strikes right into a rejigged ministry of commerce, immigration and multiculturalism.

Leela Aheer, who positioned seventh in the management contest, was excluded from cabinet.

Smith has additionally appointed 11 parliamentary secretaries, together with portfolios akin to EMS reform, Ukrainian refugee settlement, multiculturalism and standing of ladies.

The variety of ladies on the cabinet desk has dropped to 5 from eight. Smith has mentioned she needed a greater stability of rural and concrete MLAs in cabinet.

Savage, who has served as vitality minister since 2019, will now transfer to the reconfigured ministry of atmosphere and guarded areas as former backbencher Peter Guthrie takes her outdated put up.

Returned to cabinet is Devin Dreeshen, who resigned as agriculture and forestry minister final 12 months when staffers alleged he continuously drank alcohol in the legislature and was abusive when intoxicated.

A former worker who raised considerations about Dreeshen is suing the federal government for wrongful termination.

Gone from cabinet are Government House Leader and Finance Minister Jason Nixon; Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver; Transportation Minister Prasad Panda; Jobs and Economy Minister Tanya Fir; and Environment Minister Whitney Issik.

In a stay webcast with the Western Standard Friday afternoon, Smith mentioned some individuals disregarded of cabinet have been the “hand of the previous premier” on a number of the most troublesome information Premier Jason Kenney’s authorities tackled.

Her press secretary mentioned Smith was not doing different media interviews on Friday.

In the Western Standard webcast, Smith mentioned she desires her cabinet picks to characterize “stability however boldness.”

She pledged Savage and Guthrie will make progress in tackling the blight of deserted oil and gasoline websites throughout the province.

A swearing in ceremony is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m.


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