Alberta premier shuffles cabinet: outgoing minister's portfolios split up

WATCH ABOVE: There were two changes announced Monday morning within Alberta's cabinet by Premier Rachel Notley. Kendra Slugoski reports.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced some changes to her cabinet.

Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee is taking on the added role of minister for the status of women.

And Brian Malkinson, member of the legislature for Calgary Currie, will be responsible for Service Alberta.

READ MORE: Calgary MLA Brandy Payne says family influenced decision not to run for re-election

Both positions had previously been held by Stephanie McLean, who announced last month she wouldn’t seek re-election in order to focus on her law career.

Larivee had previously served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Deputy Government House Leader.

WATCH: Danielle Larivee is sworn in as the Minister of Status of Women and the Minister of Children’s Services.

Brandy Payne, who was associate minister of health, has lost her cabinet assignment as she, too, has said she will not run again.

The new ministers were sworn in at Government House in Edmonton Monday morning.

WATCH: Calgary-Currie MLA Brian Malkinson is sworn in as the Minister of Service Alberta. 

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The changes mean the size of cabinet has been reduced by one.

They also mean there is one less minister in a cabinet that is no long gender balanced. Notley has until Monday divided portfolios equally between men and women. There now is one extra man.

“Our record as it stands, both in terms of our cabinet makeup as well as our record standing up for women in Alberta… is a record that, frankly, is unmatched by any other government in Canada,” she said Monday.

“I am confident that we can continue that strong work.”

Notley delivered a campaign-style speech on Saturday in Calgary to NDP supporters. She labelled the opposition United Conservatives Party of narrow self-interests, and said her government is making progress diversifying the economy.

Albertans will go to the polls next spring in a general election.

Watch below: Alberta has a new cabinet minister who represents a Calgary riding. Kendra Slugoski has more on the mini shuffle and the premier’s reluctance to make a big shake-up.

— With files from Global News

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