(Edmonton) – Alberta’s 18th Premier, Jason Kenney, and his cabinet were sworn in at Government House in Edmonton on April 30.
“Albertans gave our new government a huge democratic mandate for bold change that gets our economy back to work and stands up for this province,” stated newly elected Premier Jason Kenney. “This is a strong team that is ready to lead, and to deliver that change starting today.”
Alberta’s new government is one of the most youthful in Canada, with a strong mandate to represent all Albertans. Diversity is reflected through the 13 different languages spoken by ministers and, for the first time, Alberta will have a minister responsible for Multiculturalism, as well as a dedicated parliamentary secretary. The province will be well served in attracting entrepreneurial immigrants who create jobs and bring economic growth to Alberta with a Minister of Immigration.
“Many of the ministers appointed are Albertans by choice and not chance, having immigrated to this province because they saw it as a land of opportunity that they now seek to serve,” noted Kenney. “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. These ministers are in touch with the lives of the people they will be serving.
“This is a young, energetic and diverse team with deep experience. With an average age of 43, most members of this cabinet are new to public service. They ran for all of the right reasons: because they want to work hard to reverse years of economic decline and stagnation, and to get our economy moving again. This is a team that will be obsessed with creating jobs, showing the world that Alberta is open for business again, and fighting for a fair deal in Canada.”
Premier Kenney and cabinet will meet for the first time immediately after the swearing-in. They will be focused on getting to work on Day One, implementing the comprehensive United Conservative agenda. Later today, Premier Kenney will be launching his strategy to stand up for Albertans, beginning with a presentation to a Senate committee, opposing the disastrous Bill C-48 – a bill unfairly targeting and discriminating against Alberta resources.
Full biographies for Alberta’s new cabinet can be found on Alberta.ca.
- Premier Jason Kenney, President of Executive Council and Minister of Intergovernmental Relations
- Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education
- Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
- Rebecca Shulz, Minister of Children’s Services
- Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services
- Leela Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
- Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
- Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education
- Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy
- Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks
- Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
- Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations
- Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure
- Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
- Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration
- Kaycee Madu, Minister of Municipal Affairs
- Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing
- Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta
- Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation
- Travis Toews, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance
- Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
- Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas
- Grant Hunter, Associate Minister of Red Tape
- Muhammad Yaseen, Parliamentary Secretary of Immigration
Major non-cabinet assignments
- 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