Alberta Premier Redford’s first cabinet shapes up

Tory leadership against Ted Morton and Doug Griffiths united with Doug Horner as members of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s cabinet.

Apparently, Morton will be the energy minister and Griffiths will manage Municipal Affairs (his first cabinet post). Doug Horner, who recently became the deputy premier, will also become the president of the Treasury Board.

Moreover, Ron Liepert was announced as finance minister. Liepert announced last week that he would struggle to hold a public investigation into accusations on MLA involvement in health care queue jumping, while Edmonton MLA Fred Horner will head Health and Wellness.

A few members of ex- premier Ed Stelmach’s cabinet were not made ministers, including Iris Evans, Gene Zwozdesky, Yvonne Fritz and Rob Renner. Redford spick and spanned her front benches from 23 to 20 ministers.

A new ministry of Human Services, regulated by Dave Hancock, will embrace the old ministries of Children and Youth Services, Homelessness and the employment part of Employment and Immigration. However, immigration problems will now be taken care by the Ministry of International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations.

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