NDP’s Shrink Cabinet, Add One More Minister

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NDP’s Shrink Cabinet, Add One More Minister

The provincial government is doing some minor tweaks to its cabinet.

Minister Stephanie McLean will not be seeking re-election in 2019, prompting the NDP’s to find new representatives for her two ministries – Service Alberta and Status of Women.

On Monday, Calgary-Currie MLA Brian Malkinson was also sworn into the execute council, taking over as Minister of Service Alberta.

Premier Rachel Notley told reporters she believes Malkinson is the right person to take over the position.

“He’s worked in our oil and gas industry, he knows the day-to-day affordability issues faced by a lot of people across Alberta.

Danielle Larivee, Minister of Child Services, will also be the Minister Responsible for Status of Women.

“Danielle is a passionate advocate for children and families and is someone who’s worked hard to create a more equal society, a society with opportunity for everyone,” added Notley.

This is the first cabinet change since Sandra Jansen, Minister of Infrastructure, crossed the floor from the, then, PC’s in November 2016.

Overall, the cabinet will have one less Minister.

Meanwhile, Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne will also not be seeking re-election. Her role and responsibilities will once again return to Minister Sarah Hoffman.
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