Premier announces cabinet shuffle

By Staff

Edmonton – With the resignations of Deputy Premier Doug Horner as Minister of Advance Education and Technology and the subsequent resignations of Battle River-Wainwright MLA Doug Griffiths as Parliamentary Assistant to Finance and Enterprise, and resignation of Alison Redford as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Premier Stelmach has taken steps to fill the three vacancies left by MLAs seeking the leadership of the PC Party.

Stelmach announced Thursday morning that Wetaskiwin-Camrose MLA Verlyn Olsen had been named Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Lethbridge West MLA Greg Weadick had been named Minister of Advanced Education and Technology.

“I’m pleased to welcome Verlyn and Greg to the cabinet table,” Stelmach said in a release Thursday. “Verlyn and Greg bring the necessary talent and experience – Greg as a parliamentary assistant and Verlyn as a long-time member of the bar – to complete our cabinet team. Our cabinet will continue to provide the steady leadership required right now to continue building a better Alberta.”

Additionally, Red Deer South MLA Cal Dallas has been named Parliamentary Assistant to Finance and Enterprise, replacing Griffiths. Dallas had previously been Parliamentary Assistant in Environment. In his new role, Dallas will work closely with Alberta’s Minister of Finance, Lloyd Snelgrove, who took over from Ted Morton Jan. 31 after Morton stepped down to seek the PC leadership.

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