September 15, 2014 2:55 pm
Updated: October 1, 2014 4:41 pm

Jim Prentice’s cabinet: Who’s in and who’s out?

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(Watch above: Jim Prentice is sworn in as premier and his cabinet announced)

EDMONTON – After being sworn in as Alberta’s 16th premier Monday afternoon, Jim Prentice unveiled his new, trimmed-down cabinet.

After his PC leadership victory, Prentice promised he would work to restore Albertans’ faith in government. During his campaign, he focused on “new leadership” and “good government.”

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Political experts said his new cabinet was his first chance to signal a real shift from the Alison Redford government.

“This is a new Progressive Conservative government, with new leadership,” said Prentice after the swearing in.

Cabinet Highlights

Prentice announced six new faces to cabinet, two from outside caucus: Stephen Mandel, Maureen Kubinec (MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock), Stephen Khan (MLA for St. Albert), Ric McIver (second in leadership race), David Dorward (MLA for Edmonton-Gold Bar) and Gordon Dirks.

Stephen Mandel, former mayor of Edmonton was named Minister of Health. He and Dirks became the first unelected cabinet ministers in Alberta since the 1930s. Gordon Dirks, a former Calgary school board chair, was appointed Minister of Education.

“Bringing in new government means bringing in new blood,” said Prentice, adding that Mandel and Dirks would begin work immediately.

He said a by-election will be held before the legislature sits in the fall, in which the unelected cabinet members must win a seat.

“The same goes for their boss.”

In addition to serving as premier, Prentice himself took the posts of Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, and Minister of Aboriginal Relations.

Robin Campbell was promoted to finance minister from environment and sustainable resource development. Diana McQueen moves to municipal affairs from energy, and Frank Oberle takes over energy.

Those on executive council whose portfolios will not change are: Minister of Agriculture Verlyn Olson, Minister of Justice Jonathan Denis, Minister of Transportation Wayne Drysdale, and Associate Minister of  Services for Persons with Disabilities Naresh Bhardwaj.

Several high-profile ministers under Redford’s government no longer hold their positions. Doug Horner and Fred Horne will no longer serve as ministers of finance and health.

However, Horner will serve as an advisor to the premier on trade, said Prentice.

“The job of building Alberta is not done,” said Prentice.  “Effective today, Alberta is under new management.”

(Watch above: Alberta Premier Jim Prentice speaks about his government’s priorities after being sworn in)

Who’s In?

ROBIN CAMPELL

Formerly: Minister of Environment & Sustainable Resource Development

Currently: Minister of Finance, MLA for West-Yellowhead, a member of Prentice’s transition team

STEPHEN MANDEL

Formerly: Edmonton mayor

Currently: Minister of Health, member of Prentice’s transition team

DIANA MCQUEEN

Formerly: Minister of Energy

Currently: Minister of Municipal Affairs, MLA for Drayton Valley-Devon

FRANK OBERLE

Formerly: Minister of Aboriginal Relations

Currently: Minister of Energy, MLA for Peace River 

GORDON DIRKS

Formerly: Calgary Board of Education Chair

Currently: Minister of Education

MANMEET BHULAR

Formerly: Minister of Human Services

Currently: Minister of Infrastructure,  MLA for Calgary-Greenway

JONATHAN DENIS

Formerly: Minister of Justice & Solicitor General

Currently: Minister of Justice & Solicitor General,  MLA for Calgary-Acadia

HEATHER KLIMCHUK

Formerly: Minister of Culture

Currently: Minister of Human Services,  MLA for Edmonton-Glenora

KYLE FAWCETT

Formerly: Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour

Currently: Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development,  MLA for Calgary-Klein

VERLYN OLSON

Formerly: Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development

Currently: Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development,  MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose

JEFF JOHNSON

Formerly: Minister of Education

Currently: Minister of Seniors, MLA for Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater

DON SCOTT

Formerly: Assoc. Minister of Acountability, Transparency & Transportation

Currently: Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin 

MAUREEN KUBINC

Formerly: MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock

Currently: Minister of Culture and Tourism

WAYNE DRYSDALE

Formerly: Minister of Transportation

Currently: Minister of Transporation, MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti 

STEPHEN KHAN

Formerly: MLA for St. Albert

Currently: Minister of Service Alberta

RIC MCIVER

Formerly: Minister of Infrastructure, second in PC leadership race

Currently: Minister of Jobs, Skills, Labour and Training,  MLA for Calgary-Hays

TERESA WOO-PAW

Formerly: Assoc. Minister of International & Intergovernmental Relations

Currently: Assoc. Minister of Asia-Pacific Relations,  MLA for Calgary-Northern Hills

DAVID DORWARD

Formerly: MLA for Edmonton-Gold Bar

Currently: Assoc. Minister of Aboriginal Relations

NARESH BHARDWAJ

Formerly: Assoc. Minister of Services for Persons with Disabilities

Currently: Assoc. Minister of Services for Persons with Disabilities, MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie

 

Who’s Out?

DAVE HANCOCK

Formerly: Premier, Minister of Innovation & Advanced Education

Currently: Hancock resigned his seat as an MLA on Friday

DOUG HORNER

Formerly: Minister of Finance

Currently: Special advisor to premier on trade, MLA for Spruce Grove-St. Albert 

FRED HORNE

Formerly: Minister of Health

Currently: MLA for Edmonton-Rutherford 

THOMAS LUKASZUK

Formerly: Minister of Advanced Education, third in PC leadership race

Currently: MLA for Edmonton-Castle Downs 

CAL DALLAS

Formerly: Minister of International & Intergovernmental Relations

Currently: MLA for Red Deer-South 

DOUG GRIFFITHS

Formerly: Minister of Service Alberta

Currently: MLA for Battle River-Wainwright 

GREG WEADICK

Formerly: Minister of Municipal Affairs

Currently: MLA for Lethbridge-West

RICHARD STARKE

Formerly: Minister of Tourism, Parks & Recreation

Currently:  MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster

RICK FRASER

Formerly: Assoc. Minister of Public Safety

Currently:  MLA for Calgary-South East

SANDRA JANSEN

Formerly: Assoc. Minister of Family & Community Safety

Currently: MLA for Calgary-North West 

DAVE QUEST

Formerly: Assoc. Minister of Seniors

Currently: MLA for Strathcona-Sherwood Park

DAVE RODNEY

Formerly: Assoc. Minister of Wellness

Currently: MLA for Calgary-Lougheed 

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