â€œAs of this moment, Alberta is under new management,â€ Prentice told party members and reporters who gathered at Government House for the ceremony.
Iâ€™d even put â€œunder new managementâ€ on signs entering into Alberta.
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â€œBuilding a new government means bringing in new blood,â€ Prentice said. â€œBoth are strong and experienced leaders with a record of accomplishment. Across our province, they are both held in high regard. They will begin work immediately in their new portfolios.â€
Prentice said Mandel has a strong record of public service as the former mayor of Edmonton and is ready to tackle the issues facing Albertaâ€™s health-care system. Dirks is a former school board trustee and has served as chair of the troubled Calgary Board of Education.
â€œBoth of these ministers are people of achievement,â€ Prentice said. He brushed off concerns that appointing unelected cabinet ministers would cause tension in his caucus. â€œThey are exactly the kind of sharp and disciplined minds we want working on behalf of Albertans.â€
Prentice said he will prorogue the legislature ahead of the byelections, but insists it will be brought back in time to preserve the same number of sitting days as originally planned.
I think if you are in the Progressive Conservative caucus and you arenâ€™t in caucus, you are probably muttering under your breath to see outsiders named to the cabinet table but at the same time, you also have toÂ realize that you really need to change the reputation of your brand or you will find yourself either in very crowded opposition offices or trying to adjust to like back in the private sector.
Jim Prentice may be an upgrade to the debacle that Alison Redford made of the Progressive Conservative Party butÂ there needs to more than a new leader elected.Â He needs toÂ put a new look and feel onÂ thatÂ government.