Notley sworn in
Before an audience of thousands standing around (or in!) the legislature’s giant wading pool, premier-designate Rachel Notley officially did away with “designate” part of her title and became the 17th premier of Alberta. She’s the first non-Progressive Conservative premier since 1971, when the Social Credit Party’s Harry Strom was Alberta’s ninth premier. To really put that into context, 1971 was the year Nathan Fillion was born, the year Canada had its first gay rights demonstration, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau was still Canada’s prime minister.
And a new cabinet, too!
Notley also unveiled her cabinet at Sunday’s swearing-in. Totalling just 11 MLAs (in addition to Notley), it drops down eight members from Prentice’s 20-strong cabinet, and finds a number of MLAs juggling multiple portfolios, all of whom are listed below:
Deron Bilous (Edmonton-Beverly Clareview): Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Service Alberta
Oneil Carlier (Whitecourt-Ste Anne): Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
David Eggen (Edmonton-Calder): Minister of Education, Minister of Culture and TourismKathleen Ganley (Calgary-Buffalo): Minister of Justice, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Sarah Hoffman (Edmonton-Glenora): Minister of Health, Solicitor General, Minister of Seniors
Shannon Phillips (Lethbridge West): Minister of Environment and Parks, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
Brian Mason (Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood): Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation
Margaret McCuaig-Boyd (Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley): Minister of Energy
Rachel Notley (Edmonton-Strathcona): Premier, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations
Irfan Sabir (Calgary-McCall): Minister of Human Services
Lori Sigurdson (Edmonton-Riverview): Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour