October 2014 This October Albertans have a
tremendous amount to be thankful for. Among recent highlights in
Government was the appointment of our 16th Premier, Jim Prentice, the
selection of a new cabinet team, and many more positive changes that have
ignited optimism for thousands across the province. We are now beginning
the work of helping Alberta achieve its remarkable potential and secure
our prosperity for generations to come. As your MLA, I can’t wait to see what the
coming months have to offer and I look forward to keeping you engaged in
the activities of your elected government.
While spending time with friends and
family this fall I encourage you to take the time to reflect on
everything in your life you have to be thankful for. From my family to
yours – Happy Thanksgiving! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ New leadership, new voices, and a new way of doing things: Alberta’s 16th Premier, The Honourable Jim Prentice, Q.C., P.C. and his Cabinet were sworn-in at Government House in Edmonton on September 15. The Prentice Cabinet is smaller, more efficient; more focused and better able to defend the interests of the people of Alberta. Premier Prentice and Cabinet will meet for the first time immediately after the swearing-in.“As of this moment, Alberta is under new management. This is a new government with new leadership, new voices and a new way of doing things. Today and in the days and weeks to come we will take strong and decisive action to bring real and tangible change to the way in which Alberta is governed,” stated Premier Jim Prentice.
The new Cabinet has 16 Ministers and three Associate Ministers, in addition to the Premier, down from the 19 Ministers and 10 Associate Ministers that were sworn-in on December 6, 2013.
The leadership team for Alberta's new government balances experience and fresh ideas. The Prentice Government is moving quickly to change and better serve the people of Alberta and their future by:
Assembling a Cabinet team with strong new voices to move Alberta forward.
Introducing tough new rules to put an end to entitlements and repair the bond of trust between the people and those who represent them. This will include the introduction of the Accountability Act in the fall session.
Bringing new leadership and significant reform to the civil service.
Bringing a new approach to how we operate within Canada and around the globe.
Bringing a new focus to the priorities of Albertans, especially as it relates to key public services.
The fall session will begin with a Speech from the Throne after the legislature is prorogued, and the Premier will introduce his property rights legislation as Bill 1, followed by the Accountability Act.
Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, administered the oaths of office. Premier Prentice was joined by representatives from First Nations, as well as several faith-based communities from across Alberta. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Alberta government refocuses on market
access and competitiveness
Premier Jim Prentice appointed three renowned leaders who will refocus our efforts to increase the sale of Alberta goods and services around the globe.
These new appointments in key markets around the world underline a fresh approach on global affairs, and signal streamlined priorities that will be fundamentally tied to achieving secure market access and improving Alberta’s global competitiveness overall. They reflect a clear indication of the importance placed on enhancing intergovernmental and industry relationships across Canada, the United States and around the world. More effective global partnership development across government and industry is a priority of the Prentice Government.
In addition to seeing the Premier retain the duties of the International and Intergovernmental Relations, and Aboriginal Relations portfolios, the government has also recruited individuals who are leaders with deep expertise in priority geographies.
“I am honoured to welcome our new Senior Representatives. These are people who have considerable skills that will advance Alberta’s interests in terms of relationship-building, policy alignment and market development. Each will work in close contact with our government’s overall efforts to remove barriers and ensure that market access and global prices are achieved.” - Premier Jim Prentice
The appointments include the following: Asia Pacific Ron Hoffmann has accepted the position as Alberta’s Senior Representative for the Asia Pacific Basin and will immediately begin to conduct a review of Alberta’s offices in Asia and make recommendations to ensure all Alberta activities abroad are optimally aligned. Alberta presently has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo. Mr. Hoffman will also begin to work closely towards the transition of the Hong Kong office, to ensure an orderly handover following the expiration of Gary Mar’s contract in June 2015.
United States Hon. Rob Merrifield, who has resigned his seat in the House of Commons, has accepted the position as Senior Representative to the United States of America. His position builds on his extensive experience representing Canada in America, most recently as a Congressional Liaison for the Government of Canada. Mr. Merrifield will replace David Manning, following an orderly transition of the Alberta office in Washington.
Canada Hon. Jay Hill has accepted a position as Senior Representative in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the North and to the New West Partnership. His position represents a realignment of the existing representation based on Ottawa with a priority focus on market access and Western Canadian partnerships. Alan Ross, who is the government’s current representative in Ottawa, tendered his resignation in August 2014 in order to return to private sector pursuits. He will stay on until the end of October in order to assist with transition. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Prentice Government cancels licence plate
will be No design or slogan changes!
“Albertans want us to deal with
priorities they have identified in health care, education, infrastructure
and seniors. Changing the design of Alberta’s licence plates is not one
of them. We are going to invest our time, effort and resources on the
clearly identified priorities of Albertans.”
– Jim Prentice,
Premier ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Government to sell planes
Premier Prentice and his Cabinet are moving quickly to change the way the Government and its representatives conduct themselves.
The Cabinet recognizes the primary importance of accessing Alberta’s rural and remote communities. They concluded that government- owned planes is not an appropriate way to meet that need and the ATS fleet will be sold. The air fleet will be disposed of in a manner that offers the most cost-effective travel alternative, realizes the value of the assets, and treats staff respectfully.
“The Alberta government is no longer in the business of owning planes. I have instructed officials to begin an RFP that will provide best overall value to access communities where the distance is too far to drive or commercial flights are not available.”
- Premier Jim Prentice
Premier Prentice and Ministers will be expected to fly commercially whenever possible. There will be a transition period pending the closing of the RFP. In the interim, access to government and chartered flights for Ministers will be considered when commercial options are not available and will require prior approval from the Premier’s Office. The Premier has instructed government officials to work closely to assist staff affected by the sale of the ATS planes