Changes are coming to Alberta’s cabinet with Premier Jason Kenney slated to announce a shuffle Thursday morning.
The government will hold a news conference after a 10 a.m. swearing-in ceremony at Government House, 12845 102 Ave. It’s the second time Kenney has shuffled cabinet since he took office in 2019.
Last August, Kenney gave Kaycee Madu the justice portfolio, and moved Doug Schweitzer to the newly created Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, shifting out Tanya Fir who was heading economic, development and trade and tourism.
Tracy Allard was appointed municipal affairs minister in that shuffle, but she resigned in January 2021 amid the “Alohagate” scandal after she went to Hawaii over Christmas despite provincial recommendations against travel. Rick McIver has been holding the transportation portfolio as well as municipal affairs since then.
Two of his most embattled ministers, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, kept their files in the last move.
Thursday’s changes come after Kenney faced months of turmoil inside his party over COVID-19 restrictions –- leading to caucus booting two members critical of Kenney’s leadership –- and controversy after cabinet ministers were photographed dining with the premier outdoors on a patio apparently against the province’s health rules.