Kenney announces minor cabinet shuffle, newly renamed jobs ministry

EDMONTON — Cabinet ministers Kaycee Madu and Doug Schweitzer, along with Grande Prairie MLA Tracy Allard, were given new positions in a minor shuffle announced by Premier Jason Kenney Tuesday.

Schweitzer, the former justice minister and solicitor general, will take over the newly renamed Jobs, Economy and Innovation Ministry, replacing the role formerly occupied by Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Minister Tanya Fir. 

The ministry will place a major focus on implementing Alberta’s Recovery Plan and sector strategies and will be “broadened and expanded” to deal with economic fallout from the pandemic, Kenney said.

“Additional functions will be added to the ministry over the weeks and months to come and a clear mandate is being given to the minister…to work with his colleagues in implementing Alberta’s Economic Recovery Plan.”

Madu, the former municipal affairs minister, will take over the justice file from Schweitzer.

Allard was given her first cabinet role as minister of municipal affairs.

Fir was not given a new cabinet role.

“I want to thank Tanya for her good work. She’s a very talented MLA and I appreciate her service,” said Kenney, announcing his first cabinet shuffle since his 2019 election win.

He called the changes a “limited reset” as the province deals with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It comes the day after the federal Conservative Party voted for its new leader, former cabinet minister Erin O’Toole.

Earlier Monday, Kenney, who endorsed O’Toole, thanked him “for raising Western alienation as a primary concern in his first conversation” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

More to come…

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