A former Agriculture Canada employee with more than 20 years of experience in the labour movement was sworn in as Alberta’s new minister of agriculture, forestry and rural development on Sunday.
Oneil Carlier, who lives in Darwell and is the new MLA for Whitecourt-Ste. Anne, was chosen by Premier Rachel Notley to look after the ag portfolio.
Originally from Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Carlier worked for Agriculture Canada as a geotechnical technician for 20 years before moving to Alberta in 2002. Since then he has served as a regional representative with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, working out of PSAC’s regional office in Edmonton.
Carlier and his wife Michèle have lived in Whitecourt-Ste. Anne since 2010. He knocked off incumbent PC candidate George VanderBurg in the provincial election on May 5th.
Alberta’s new NDP cabinet:
Rachel Notley — Premier, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations
Brian Mason — Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure, Government House Leader
David Eggen — Minister of Education, Minister of Culture and Tourism
Deron Bilous — Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Service Alberta, Deputy Government House Leader
Joe Ceci — Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board
Marg McCuaig-Boyd — Minister of Energy
Sarah Hoffman — Minister of Health, Minister of Seniors
Kathleen Ganley — Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations
Lori Sigurdson — Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
Oneil Carlier — Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development
Shannon Phillips — Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Minister of Parks and Recreation, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Deputy Government House Leader
Irfan Sabir — Minister of Human Services