Please Note: The province’s video of the ceremony starts at the 40 minute mark.
by Morinville News Staff
Rachel Notley was sworn in Sunday afternoon as Alberta’s 17th Premier. The ceremony, which also saw the swearing in of Notley’s reduced cabinet, took place on the steps of the Alberta Legislature.
“Today we open a new chapter in the story of Alberta,” Notley said. “From our earliest days, Albertans have worked as hard as anyone to forge a brighter future. People from all walks of life and from every part of the world, have joined together on a common journey. And on that journey we’ve been guided by enduring values. Albertans are hard-working. We are entrepreneurial. And we are relentlessly optimistic. We believe that tomorrow can be a better day. And that we must work hard to make it happen. That’s who we are as Albertans.”
Notley’s new Cabinet is leaner than her predecessors. The government says the newly sworn-in Ministers will partner with Alberta’s job creators – in energy, forestry, agriculture, high-tech, tourism and small business – to grow and diversify our economy.
Cabinet will focus on what they see as the priorities of Albertans. These priorities include giving children the best chance to succeed and get the right start in school; protecting and strengthening public health care; restoring trust and integrity in government; and
building a more prosperous, caring, and hopeful province for every Albertan.
“On this historic day, we are, once again, joining together in pursuit of our common dream – the same dream that has inspired generations of Albertans,” Notley said. “It’s a dream founded on the idea that change is possible – and that a better future awaits. It is springtime in Alberta, and a fresh wind is blowing. To harness its potential, the hard work begins today.”
Notley, in addition to serving as Premier, will also serve as Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Former NDP leader Brian Mason is given the posts of Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure, and Government House Leader.
David Eggen will serve as Minister of Education, and Minister of Culture and Tourism, the latter a post previously held by former Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Maureen Kubinec.
Deron Bilous will serve as Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Service Alberta and Deputy Government House Leader.
Joe Ceci carries the title and duties of Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board.
Marg McCuaig-Boyd is the province’s new Minister of Energy, and Sarah Hoffman will serve dual roles of Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors.
Kathleen Ganley has the positions of Minister of Justice and Solicitor General as well as Minister of Aboriginal Relations.
Lori Sigurdson will serve as Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education and Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
Oneil Carlier is the new Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development.
Shannon Phillips holds the posts of Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Minister of Parks and Recreation, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and Deputy Government House Leader
Irfan Sabir is the province’s new Minister of Human Services.