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New Cabinet team focused on growing Alberta's future

New structure to change the way government does business.

Premier Alison Redford has named a new Cabinet team that will help bring about the change that Albertans recently voted for.

“This restructuring is about achieving our goals and aligning our workforce with the priorities of this government,” Redford said. “This new Cabinet structure allows us to focus on the things that matter most to Albertans - a strong fiscal framework, caring for our most vulnerable citizens, promoting our resources, and solid consultation processes that ensure Albertans are heard.”

“We have a good mix of new and experienced MLAs. This is a team that is committed to the positive, constructive plan that we put forward during the election campaign that will help to build Albertans’ future.”

A significant change is the position of Deputy Premier. The new Deputy Premier, who will not be responsible for a Ministry, will be chairing the Operations Policy Committee, which will ensure that policies reflect Albertans’ needs and that government consults regularly with Albertans.

“Thomas Lukaszuk will give a unique energy to the role of Deputy Premier and will help successfully drive the political agenda for this new government.”

This streamlined structure will allow Doug Horner, President of Treasury Board & Minister of Finance, to focus on one of the Premier’s main priorities: results-based budgeting.

“Results-based budgeting is an important initiative for this government. Albertans expect their government to treat their tax dollars with the same care and respect they do,” said Redford. “We will scrutinize all costs, challenge automatic growth in spending, and invest funds where we know they are going to make a positive difference in the lives of Albertans and their communities.”

The new Cabinet will take the helm of a revitalized government structure that will target three priority areas:

  • Investing in Families and Communities - Supporting healthy and strong families and communities is an investment in Albertans and Alberta’s future.
  • Securing Alberta’s Economic Future - Making strategic investments in both human capital and infrastructure to strengthen Alberta, grow our knowledge-inspired economy, and improve Alberta’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.
  • Advancing World-leading Resource Stewardship - Developing our natural resources responsibly to protect our environment and grow our markets.

The new structure also includes:

  • Under the Minister of Service Alberta, an Associate Minister is responsible for Accountability, Transparency and Transformation, which will review Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP) and oversee the change in the way the Government of Alberta does business.
  • Seniors is moving to the Ministry of Health to enhance continuity in the short and long-term care of Alberta’s aging population.
  • Sustainable Resource Development and Environment are consolidating.
  • Justice and Solicitor General are one under the Ministry of Justice & Solicitor General.
  • Aboriginal relations will have its own ministry, and their first priority is to finish the review of the First Nations Consultation Policy.
  • PDD and AISH are now under Human Services.

Premier Redford will chair her first Cabinet Meeting after the swearing-in by Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor on May 8 at Government House. Steve Young has also been named Government Whip.

“Albertans have put their trust in us and going forward, we will demonstrate beyond a doubt that our government will be the change that Albertans are looking for,” Redford said.

Redford also announced the appointment of seven associate ministers who will reflect the Premier’s priorities and membership in the government’s renewed committee structure.

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Backgrounders: List of Cabinet members in order of precedence, government structure and committees

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Kim Misik
Manager, Media Relations
Office of the Premier
780-422-4905
Cell: 587-985-9856
kim.misik@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

Backgrounder

Premier Redford’s cabinet team

Below is the Cabinet named on May 8 by Premier Alison Redford, listed in order of precedence.

Name

Ministry and Responsibilities

Alison Redford, QC, Calgary-Elbow

Premier, President of Executive Council, Chair of Agenda & Priorities

Thomas Lukaszuk, Edmonton-Castle Downs

Deputy Premier, Chair of Operations Policy Committee

Doug Horner, Spruce Grove-St. Albert

President of Treasury Board & Minister of Finance

David Hancock, Edmonton-Whitemud

Minister of Human Services, Government House Leader

Cal Dallas, Red Deer-South

Minister of International & Intergovernmental Relations

Diana McQueen, Drayton Valley-Devon

Minister of Environment & Sustainable Resource Development

Fred Horne, Edmonton-Rutherford

Minister of Health

Ken Hughes, Calgary-West

Minister of Energy

Jeff Johnson, Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater

Minister of Education

Verlyn Olson, Wetaskiwin-Camrose

Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development

Jonathan Denis, Calgary-Acadia

Minister of Justice & Solicitor General, Deputy House Leader

Doug Griffiths, Battle River-Wainwright

Minister of Municipal Affairs

Robin Campbell, West Yellowhead

Minister of Aboriginal Relations, Deputy House Leader

Heather Klimchuk, Edmonton-Glenora

Minister of Culture

Manmeet Bhullar, Calgary-Greenway

Minister of Service Alberta

Wayne Drysdale, Grande Prairie-Wapiti

Minister of Infrastructure

Stephen Khan, St. Albert

Minister of Enterprise & Advanced Education

Ric McIver, Calgary-Hays

Minister of Transportation, Deputy House Leader

Christine Cusanelli, Calgary-Currie

Minister of Tourism, Parks & Recreation

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Kim Misik
Manager, Media Relations
Office of the Premier
780-422-4905
Cell: 587-985-9856
kim.misik@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

Associate Ministers named

Alberta Premier Alison Redford named the following Associate Ministers on May 8.

Name

Responsibilities

George VanderBurg, Whitecourt-Ste.Anne

Seniors (reporting to the Minister of Health)

Frank Oberle, Peace River

Services for Persons with Disabilities (reporting to the Minister of Human Services)

Kyle Fawcett, Calgary-Klein

Finance

Teresa Woo-Paw, Calgary-Northern Hills

International & Intergovernmental Relations

Greg Weadick, Lethbridge-West

Municipal Affairs

Don Scott, Fort McMurray-Conklin

Accountability, Transparency & Transformation (reporting to Minister of Service Alberta)

Dave Rodney, Calgary-Lougheed

Wellness (reporting to the Minister of Health)

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Kim Misik
Manager, Media Relations
Office of the Premier
780-422-4905
Cell: 587-985-9856
kim.misik@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

Changes to government structure

Premier Alison Redford announced the following government structure on May 8:

Ministry

Major responsibilities

Executive Council

Maintains responsibility for the Regulatory Review Secretariat, Policy Coordination, Protocol and the Public Affairs Bureau.  Also responsible for Corporate Human Resources

Aboriginal Relations

Aboriginal relations

Agriculture & Rural Development

Agriculture and Rural Development

Culture

Culture and Community Services

Education

Education

Energy

Energy, responsible for the Oil Sands Secretariat

Enterprise & Advanced Education

Consolidating Enterprise and Advanced Education & Technology. Economic development responsibilities

Environment & Sustainable Resource Development

Consolidating Environment & Water and Sustainable Resource Development

Treasury Board & Finance

Consolidating Treasury Board and Finance. Responsible for Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

Health

Consolidating Seniors and Health and Wellness. Seniors and Community Supports, Continuing Care and Seniors Health Benefits.

Human Services

PDD, AISH, Children and Youth Services, Employment; Homelessness, Alberta Supports

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

International and Intergovernmental Relations

International and Intergovernmental Relations, Immigration

Justice & Solicitor General

Consolidating Justice and Attorney General and Solicitor General and Public Security. Responsible for Human Rights Commission

Municipal Affairs

Municipal Affairs. Maintains responsibility for Alberta Emergency Management Agency.

Service Alberta

Service Alberta. Accountability, Transparency & Transformation. Will review Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP)

Transportation

Transportation

Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Tourism, Park and Recreation

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Kim Misik
Manager, Media Relations
Office of the Premier
780-422-4905
Cell: 587-985-9856
kim.misik@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

 

Government of Alberta committee structure and members

Premier Redford named the following members to these government committees on May 8:

Committee

Members

Treasury Board

Doug Horner- President

Kyle Fawcett - Vice-Chair

Mike Allen

Wayne Drysdale

Doug Griffiths

David Dorward

Ric McIver

Robin Campbell

Len Webber

Jeff Johnson

Cal Dallas

Donna Kennedy-Glans

Jonathan Denis

Agenda and Priorities

Alison Redford - Chair

Doug Horner - Vice-Chair

Bridget Pastoor

Thomas Lukaszuk

Steve Young

Diana McQueen

Ken Hughes

Fred Horne

Dave Hancock

Richard Starke

Verlyn Olson

Jeff Johnson

Operations

Thomas Lukaszuk - Chair

Steve Young - Vice-Chair, Gov. Whip

Christine Cusanelli

Doug Griffiths

Ken Hughes

Dave Hancock

Manmeet Bhullar

Frank Oberle

Jeff Johnson

Heather Klimchuk

Verlyn Olson

Stephen Khan

Sandra Jansen

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Kim Misik
Manager, Media Relations
Office of the Premier
780-422-4905
Cell: 587-985-9856
kim.misik@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.