Calgary MLAs added to Notley cabinet

Three Calgary MLAs were sworn into Alberta’s Cabinet Tuesday morning, along with three more from Edmonton. The NDP government says the six new members will help the party to make policy changes directed at economic growth and diversification.“At a time like this, when we are navigating difficult times, it’s very important for us to be able to hear from Albertans, to meet with Albertans, to be available to important stakeholders across the province. And quite frankly, we need to expand the cabinet in order for that to happen,” Notley said after the ceremony.Calgary-Cross representative Ricardo Miranda is the new Minister of Culture and Tourism, Stephanie McLean of Calgary-Varsity takes on the Service Alberta and Status of Women portfolios, while Calgary-Acadia MLA Brandy Payne becomes the Associate Minister of Health.Two of them may have to bow out for a short time. Both McLean and Payne are pregnant, with McLean expecting this month. Notley says she wanted to ensure their place of work was somewhere where women can engage fully.“The two ministers who previously held those portfolios will be the back up ministers for two portfolios. And I know that Minister McLean will be hoping to come back to work as soon as possible,”The newly minted ministers from Edmonton are Richard Feehan for Indigenous Relations, Christina Gray as Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal and Marlin Schmidt as the Minister of Advanced Education.The province says all the new ministers will help share the workload as most of their positions now concentrate on just one portfolio. It notes cabinet is still smaller than those seen in the past decade.Other moves include Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman who will also serve as Deputy Premier. Notley was asked if any Calgary MLA’s were considered for the job and if she was worried Calgary might feel under-served in the legislature.“I have a very capable cabinet and a number of people could have filled the role of Deputy Premier, but I happen to believe that Minister Hoffman will be very well placed to do (this) kind of work,” said Notley.Oneil Carlier becomes Deputy House Leader, while Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous also continues to serve as Deputy House Leader. by Crystal Laderas Posted Feb 2, 2016 12:10 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary-Cross representative Ricardo Miranda is sworn in as the new Minister of Culture and Tourism at a ceremony on Feb. 2, 2016. Government of Alberta Calgary MLAs added to Notley cabinet

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