Hot off the presses, followed by my comments...
Alison Redford, QC, Calgary-Elbow
Premier, President of Executive Council, Chair of Agenda and Priorities
Doug Horner, Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert
Deputy Premier, President of Treasury Board and Enterprise
--Obvious choice. He's a smart guy. Especially when a lot of his support on the third ballot went to Redford.
David Hancock, Edmonton-Whitemud
Minister of Human Services, Government House Leader
--Ooh, "Human Services". She did combine a bunch of ministries together. Good for her! No change at House Leader.
Ted Morton, Foothills-Rocky View
Minister of Energy
--Liepert out. Morton in. A good fit although he did a lousy job at Finance.
Verlyn Olson, Wetaskiwin-Camrose
Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Deputy Government House Leader
--No idea who this person is.
Fred Horne, Edmonton-Rutherford
Minister of Health and Wellness
--I've heard of him. I thought Gene Zwodesky was doing a good job though. Much better than...
Ron Liepert, Calgary-West
Minister of Finance
--Terrible Health Minister. Will he tow the line like Morton did, or will he shake it up? Let's hope for a shake up and cuts to the bloated bureaucracy first.
Thomas Lukaszuk, Edmonton-Castle Downs
Minister of Education
--Well that's interesting. Why? I have no clue.
Diana McQueen, Drayton Valley-Calmar
Minister of Environment and Water
--Water is now part of the environment and not natural resources? Who knew?
Jonathan Denis, Calgary-Egmont
Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security; Deputy Government House Leader
--Jonathan brought much needed common sense to Housing and implemented a lot of great ideas. He's one of the best cabinet ministers in my opinion. He's a lawyer, and although he supported Morton and Mar, his good work has paid off.
Cal Dallas, Red Deer-South
Minister of International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations--That's one super ministry with one super name for an MLA.
Evan Berger, Livingstone-Macleod
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
--Awesome! Again, I don't know why.
Frank Oberle, Peace River
Minister of Sustainable Resource Development
--Oh, it's "Sustainable" now is it?
George VanderBurg, Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Minister of Seniors
--What does this mean? It's becoming a bigger job with more folks retiring now.
Ray Danyluk, Lac La Biche-St. Paul
Minister of Transportation
--Fitting that he's from that riding--where the highway of death is. Look for much faster development of HWY 63 to Ft. Mac.
Jeff Johnson, Athabasca-Redwater
Minister of Infrastructure
--Wait a minute? Did the Dept. of Infrastructure and Transportation just get split into two separate ones? It looks like it. Why?
Doug Griffiths, Battle River-Wainwright
Minister of Municipal Affairs
--Doug has good vision for building communities. This is a good fit for him to prove himself.
Greg Weadick, Lethbridge-West
Minister of Advanced Education and Technology
Jack Hayden, Drumheller-Stettler
Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation
Heather Klimchuk, Edmonton-Glenora
Minister of Culture and Community Services
--Go get 'em!
Manmeet Bhullar, Calgary-Montrose
Minister of Service Alberta
--Ah, the umbrella ministry. Don't make it bloated!
So there you have it folks. My comments on a "new era". Leipert's budget in Spring will be telling of the direction of this machine.
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