Alberta NDP’s entire 38-member caucus represented in shadow cabinet and leadership team

Alberta NDP’s entire 38-member caucus represented in shadow cabinet and leadership team

Published Jun 27, 2023  •  4 minute read

Rachel Notley
Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley makes a campaign announcement at High Park in downtown Calgary on Thursday, May 25, 2023. Photo by Gavin Young /Postmedia

The Alberta NDP’s team in the legislature will include multiple finance, energy, health and municipal affairs critics, along with MLAs targeting housing, status of women and labour issues.

In a news release Tuesday, Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley said her caucus will prioritize working on ending the crisis in healthcare, delivering better public education, pushing for action to lower costs for Albertans and providing more affordable housing.

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“We will not only be the largest official opposition in Alberta history, but also the most effective,” said Notley.

Of the 38-member caucus, everyone will have a critic portfolio, committee role or leadership job, including house leader Christina Gray and caucus whip David Eggen.

The party’s health critic, David Shepherd, will remain on the file but specifically on primary and rural care, while NDP Calgary-Varsity MLA Luanne Metz will focus on emergency and surgical care health issues.

The party will have two energy and climate critics: Kathleen Ganley will stay on the file to focus on oil and gas, natural gas, minerals and hydrogen, while Calgary-Glenmore MLA Nagwan Al-Guneid will handle electricity, utilities and renewables.

The finance critic role will also be split, with Shannon Phillips zeroing in on insurance and premiums, while newly-elected MLA for Calgary-Elbow Samir Kayande will be critic for fiscal responsibility in finance.

Former party president and MLA for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview, Peggy Wright will be dedicated to labour, MLA for Calgary-Edgemont Julia Hayter is assigned to status of women issues, and former women’s and LGBTQ+ issues critic Janis Irwin will move to housing – all three files that do not have standalone corresponding ministries.

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Edmonton Rutherford MLA Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse will be the party’s environment, parks and climate resilience critic. Edmonton-West Henday MLA Brooks Arcand-Paul will be the Indigenous relations and reconciliation critic.

The party’s previous children’s services critic Rakhi Pancholi will move into education, with Calgary-Acadia MLA Diana Batten taking on childcare, child and family services.

Rhiannon Hoyle, MLA for Edmonton-South, will take on advanced education, while Calgary-Currie MLA Janet Eremenko will be the mental health and addiction critic.

Former education critic Sarah Hoffman will take on one of two municipal affairs critic roles, focusing on Calgary and Edmonton, while MLA for Sherwood Park Kyle Kasawski will be fielding concerns from rural and mid-sized municipalities.

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The announcement comes after Premier Danielle Smith announced her latest cabinet on June 9, including one minister, Tanya Fir, dedicated to arts, culture and status of women. Parliamentary secretaries have yet to be announced.

A previous October cabinet announcement saw Smith split various labour files between the newly-created skilled trades and professions and the jobs, economy and northern development ministries. Housing issues fell to the renamed seniors, community and social services ministry.

Here’s the full list of NDP caucus leadership and critic roles:

  • Nagwan Al-Guneid – Energy & Climate (Electricity, Utilities & Renewables)
  • Brooks Arcand-Paul – Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation
  • Diana Batten – Childcare, Child & Family Services
  • Gurinder Brar – Small Business
  • Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse – Environment, Parks & Climate Resilience
  • Joe Ceci – Caucus Chair, Arts & Culture
  • Amanda Chapman – Services To Children With Disabilities, Families and Communities Committee Deputy Chair
  • Lorne Dach – Transportation & Economic Corridors
  • Jasvir Deol – Infrastructure
  • David Eggen – Caucus Whip
  • Court Ellingson – Technology & Innovation
  • Sarah Elmeligi – Tourism, Sports & Recreation
  • Janet Eremenko – Mental Health & Addictions
  • Kathleen Ganley – Energy & Climate (Oil & Gas, Natural Gas, Minerals & Hydrogen)
  • Nicole Goehring – Veterans Affairs & Military Liaison
  • Christina Gray – House Leader
  • Sharif Haji – Immigration & Accreditation
  • Julia Hayter – Status of Women
  • Sarah Hoffman – Deputy Leader, Assistant Whip, Municipal Affairs (Edmonton & Calgary)
  • Rhiannon Hoyle – Advanced Education
  • Nathan Ip – Jobs, Economy, Trade
  • Janis Irwin – Housing
  • Kyle Kasawski – Municipal Affairs (Mid-Sized Cities & Rural Alberta)
  • Samir Kayande – Deputy Assistant Whip, Finance (Fiscal Responsibility)
  • Rod Loyola – Alberta’s Economic Future Committee Deputy Chair
  • Luanne Metz – Health (Emergency & Surgical Care)
  • Rakhi Pancholi – Education, Public Accounts Chair
  • Shannon Phillips – Finance (Insurance & Pensions)
  • Marie Renaud – Community Social Services, Francophone Issues
  • Irfan Sabir – Deputy House Leader, Justice, Public Safety & Emergency Services
  • Marlin Schmidt – Resource Stewardship Committee Deputy Chair
  • David Shepherd – Health (Primary & Rural Care)
  • Lori Sigurdson – Seniors Issues, Continuing Care & Homecare
  • Parmeet Singh – Service Alberta & Consumer Protection
  • Heather Sweet – Deputy House Leader, Agriculture, Forestry & Rural Economic Development
  • Lizette Tejada – Anti-Racism, Diversity & 2SLGBTQ+ Issues
  • Peggy Wright – Deputy Caucus Chair, Labour

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