07/10/2012 06:05 EDT | Updated 09/09/2012 05:12 EDT

The force is with him: Alberta deputy premier province's new military liaison

EDMONTON - Alberta deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk (loo-KAH'-zuhk) is the province's new ministerial liaison to the Canadian Forces.

Premier Alison Redford made the announcement at a western defence symposium in Calgary.

Lukaszuk takes over the post from Finance Minister Doug Horner.

Redford says Lukaszuk's duties will be to develop, support, promote and sustain the government's relationship with the military.