•   
  •   
  •   

CanadaKenney names 20 ministers, three associates to first UCP cabinet

21:50  30 april  2019
21:50  30 april  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Canada's political compass is veering far right

Canada's political compass is veering far right The Canadian political elite is walking down a Trumpian path hoping to secure electoral gains.

The guiding force of Alberta's new government is young, diverse and ready to get to work, United Conservative Party Premier Jason Kenney said Tuesday at a ceremony to swear in his first cabinet.

The cabinet includes 20 ministers and three associate ministers, one of whom will be devoted to the task of reducing red tape.

The largest contingent came from Calgary, with 13 members, including the premier himself. The cabinet has seven women, and as Kenney pointed out several times, four men named Jason. Edmonton's lone UCP MLA was also named to cabinet.

In a news release, Kenney called the new Alberta government one of the most youthful in Canada; the average age of cabinet is 43. It's diversity, he said, is represented by the 13 different languages spoken by the ministers, as well as Alberta's first minister responsible for multiculturalism.

Trudeau and Kenney: Well, this was coming

Trudeau and Kenney: Well, this was coming Paul Wells: While Kenney’s opposition to Trudeau’s carbon-tax and rebate mechanism is a challenge for the prime minister, it is multiply precedented.

"Alberta's new cabinet includes farmers, teachers, tradespeople, small business owners, lawyers, business executives, musicians, oil and gas experts, public servants and a range of other professional backgrounds," Kenney said in the  release.

"These ministers are in touch with the lives of the people they will be serving."

The new cabinet members are:

Solicitor General and Justice: Doug Schweitzer, Calgary-Elbow. Schweitzer is a lawyer who has specialized in restructuring work.

Health: Tyler Shandro, Calgary-Acadia. Shandro is a lawyer who has worked with municipalities, developers and land owners. He has worked with  provincial, federal and municipal politicians in various roles since 1993.

Transportation: Ric McIver, Calgary-Hays. McIver was formerly a Calgary city council member and was previously elected as a Conservative MLA, where he served as Alberta's minister for transportation as well as infrastructure.

Who will make the cut? A guide to who Jason Kenney might choose for his cabinet

Who will make the cut? A guide to who Jason Kenney might choose for his cabinet Who will make the cut? A guide to who Jason Kenney might choose for his cabinet

Economic Development, Trade and Tourism: Tanya Fir, Calgary-Peigan. She has worked in human resources with oil and gas companies.

Education: Adriana LaGrange, Red Deer-North. She was a former school trustee and runs a family farm.

Kenney names 20 ministers, three associates to first UCP cabinet© Nathan Gross/CBC Nathan Gross/CBC

Treasury Board, Finance: Travis Toews, Grande Prairie-Wapiti. A former accountant, he co-owns a family cattle ranch and an oilfield environmental company.

Environment and Parks: Jason Nixon, Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. He was first elected as a Wildrose MLA in 2015.

Agriculture and Forestry: Devin Dreeshen, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. He owns a consulting business advising agricultural stakeholders on trade issues.

Energy: Sonya Savage, Calgary-North West. She has worked in the pipeline sector for 12 years and was senior director of policy and regulatory affairs for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

Derek Fildebrandt stepping aside as leader of Alberta’s Freedom Conservative Party: spokesperson

Derek Fildebrandt stepping aside as leader of Alberta’s Freedom Conservative Party: spokesperson Derek Fildebrandt of Alberta's Freedom Conservative Party is stepping aside as leader of the party he helped create out of a desire to leave politics, a party spokesperson told Global News on Monday night. Fildebrandt was once seen as a rising political star in Alberta's conservative political landscape, first as an MLA with the Wildrose Party and later the United Conservative Party. FCP spokesperson Cody Johnston said Fildebrandt had recently informed the party's board of governors that he would be leaving the leadership position but remain a member of the party.

Community and Social Services: Rajan Sawhney, Calgary-North East. The mother of four is a small business owner.

Seniors and Housing: Josephine Pon, Calgary-Beddington. She is a realtor with a financial background.

Children's Services: Rebecca Schulz, Calgary-Shaw. She has a master's degree from John Hopkins University and previously worked for former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall.

Kenney names 20 ministers, three associates to first UCP cabinet© Nathan Gross/CBC Nathan Gross/CBC

Indigenous Relations: Richard Wilson, Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin. He was a county councillor in the County of Wetaskiwin No. 10 and a school board trustee with Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools.

Advanced Education: Demetrios Nicolaides, Calgary-Bow. He was a university instructor and author and a communications expert.

Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women: Leela Aheer, Chestermere-Strathmore. The former Wildrose MLA owns or co-owns several small businesses.

Labour and Immigration: Jason Copping, Calgary-Varsity. He has worked as a management consultant and labour mediator.

Municipal Affairs: Kaycee Madu, Edmonton-South West. Edmonton's only UCP MLA, he is a lawyer with experience in both solicitor and litigation practice. He has worked for Alberta Hospital, Legal Aid Alberta and the Government of Alberta.

John Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney's comments as B.C. signals intent to fight 'turn-off-the-taps' law

John Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney's comments as B.C. signals intent to fight 'turn-off-the-taps' law Alberta's Premier Jason Kenney is blaming B.C's obstruction of his province's oil and gas industry — specifically to the Trans Mountain expansion — for $1.70-per-litre gas prices in the lower mainland.

Infrastructure: Prasad Panda, Calgary-Edgemont. Previously elected in a byelection for the former riding of Calgary-Foothills. Served as the UCP energy critic.

Service Alberta: Nate Glubish, Strathcona-Sherwood Park. He worked with a Vancouver-based venture capital fund and over the years was heavily involved in provincial politics with both the Conservative and Wildrose parties.

Kenney names 20 ministers, three associates to first UCP cabinet© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Nathan Gross/CBC

Associate Minister for Red Tape Reduction: Grant Hunter, Taber-Warner. He was first elected in 2015 and is a business owner.

Associate Minister of Natural Gas: Dale Nally, Morinville-St. Albert. He has private sector experience managing business units and is a volunteer for minor hockey.

Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions: Jason Luan, Calgary-Foothills. He has worked as a social worker. He served as MLA from 2012-15 for Calgary-Hawkwood.

Other key appointments announced on Tuesday include:

  • Muhammad Yaseen, Parliamentary secretary of immigration;
  • Jason Nixon, house leader;
  • Doug Schweitzer, deputy house leader;
  • Ric McIver, deputy house leader;
  • Sonya Savage, deputy house leader;
  • Mike Ellis, whip;
  • Joseph Schow, deputy whip.

During the swearing-in ceremony, Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell took a moment to congratulate each new cabinet minister, reminding them that they are among a select few who take on the responsibilities of setting a new vision for the province.

"I know that you will honour this unique opportunity by sharing the very best of your abilities and ideas each and every day," Mitchell said.

"Anything is possible in Alberta. That's because we've never been a people to do things by half-measure or to shy away from a challenge. It is now your turn to set a vision and chart the very next way forward."

The new cabinet was expected to have its first meeting immediately following the swearing-in ceremony.

Read more

Andrew Scheer has a problem.
The Conservative leader has left himself open to charges of intolerance in his party. It could be the biggest, ugliest issue in the coming election.

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!