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Cabinet changes fill vacancies left by those chasing UCP leadership

Premier Jason Kenney announces several changes to Cabinet to fill vacancies left by departing ministers
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Premier Jason Kenney made changes to Cabinet today. Photo supplied.

In a statement reconfirming the government's focus to provide stable government, Premier Jason Kenney made changes to Cabinet today to address the number of MLA's who have resigned in order to seek the UCP leadership. The changes include:

Jason Nixon, currently the Minister of Environment and Parks and Acting President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance becomes President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance.

Whitney Issik, currently the Associate Minister of Status of Women, becomes Minister of Environment and Parks.

Matt Jones, MLA for Calgary-South East, becomes Minister of Children’s Services.

Prasad Panda, currently the Minister of Infrastructure, becomes Minister of Transportation.

Nicholas Milliken, MLA for Calgary-Currie, becomes Minister of Infrastructure.

Jackie Armstrong Homeniuk, MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, becomes the Associate Minister of Status of Women.

Brad Rutherford, MLA for Leduc-Beaumont and Deputy Government Whip, becomes Chief Government Whip and Minister without Portfolio.

Other non-Ministry changes: MLAs Tracy Allard, Grande Prairie, and Jackie Lovely, Camrose, have been appointed to Treasury Board. Minister of Justice Tyler Shandro has been appointed the Chair of the Community and Families Cabinet Policy Committee. Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange has been appointed to the Priorities Implementation Cabinet Committee.