Kenney shuffles a few cabinet positions


by Stephen Dafoe

Premier Jason Kenney did a limited cabinet reset Tuesday, moving Doug Schweitzer from Justice and Solicitor General to Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.

“Minister Schweitzer made important progress tackling rural crime, advancing aspects of the fair deal agenda, and creating a faster, fairer, more responsive justice system,” Kenney said. “He will bring the same energy and drive into the newly named portfolio of Jobs, the Economy and Innovation as he oversees the implementation of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, its sector strategies and our growth agenda.”

Minister of Municipal Affairs Kaycee Madu will now serve as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

“With his legal training and policy experience, he will bring tremendous expertise implementing key democratic reforms including citizen’s initiative and recall legislation, a review of Alberta’s Police Act and the execution of the fair deal panel recommendations endorsed by government,” Kenney said.

Grande Prairie MLA Tracy Allard is the new Minister of Municipal Affairs.

“She will create strong and successful municipal partnerships influenced by a lifetime of real-world business experience as a local entrepreneur. She will challenge governments to focus on small business priorities and economic growth,” the premier said.

In response to a question from media, Kenney defended Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

He has my 100 per cent confidence,” Kenney said of his health minister. “He has done a phenomenal job under trying circumstances.”

The cabinet announcement can be viewed above.

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