“Recognizing the impact of falling resource revenues on our bottom line, my government will lead by example with a smaller, more focused cabinet,” said Redford in a release.
In addition to his deputy premier role, Thomas Lukaszuk is replacing Stephen Khan as the minister of enterprise and advanced education with a focus on diversifying the economy.
Tory backbencher Richard Starke has been appointed as the minister of tourism, replacing Christine Cusanelli, with a goal to expand the global reach of the province's tourism efforts to increase investment in Alberta.
“Mr. Lukaszuk’s and Dr. Starke’s leadership and experience will be invaluable in the tough decisions our government will make as we work through the effects of the bitumen bubble,” said Redford.
“I also want to thank Stephen Khan and Christine Cusanelli for their advice and significant efforts in advancing our government’s growth agenda over the past year.”