Prentice shrinks Alberta cabinet, appoints two outsiders

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alberta new premier jim prenticeThe Canadian Press

Edmonton: Newly sworn-in Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has appointed a new but smaller cabinet, including two people who aren’t members of the legislature.

The outsiders include former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel and Gordon Dirks, a former member of the Calgary Board of Education.

Mandel will serve as health minister and Dirks has been appointed education minister.

Only a few members of the previous cabinet remain in the inner circle, including Ric McIver, who ran against Prentice for the Progressive Conservative leadership.

Robin Campbell has been promoted to finance minister from environment and sustainable resource development.

Diana McQueen moves from energy to municipal affairs and Frank Oberle (OH’-burr-lee) takes over energy.

 

 

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