Lethbridge College Political Scientist Surprised at Lack of Southern Alberta UCP Cabinet Representation

Faron Ellis says MLAs south of Calgary, and north of Edmonton, were largely left out of major cabinet appointments.

A local political science professor says he, like many, is surprised southern Alberta MLAs were left out of this week's UCP cabinet appointments.
 
Faron Ellis is Research Chair at Lethbridge College's Citizen Society Research Lab. He says there are experienced MLAs south of Calgary who could have fit the bill but they were largely ignored.
 
Taber-Warner MLA Grant Hunter has been given the job of Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction while new Cardston-Siksika MLA Joseph Schow is Deputy Whip. Veteran southern Alberta MLA Drew Barnes, who was most recently elected in the newly redrawn Cypress-Medicine Hat riding, was noticeably shut out of Tuesday's Cabinet appointments.
 
Ellis says new MLAs in southern Alberta, like Nathan Neudorf in Lethbridge-East, will quickly gain legislative experience and perhaps earn a cabinet post in the future.
 
He also notes that ridings north of Edmonton are mostly without ministerial representation as well with the only exception being Grande Prairie.
 
Faron Ellis
 

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