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NDP takes over Alberta government in Canada

By  | 25 May 2015 at 10:18 | 2186 views

Alberta’s New Democratic Party was sworn into office on Sunday May 24, 2015. The ceremony broke quite a few public records in this Canadian province. Open to the public and held in the forecourt of the Alberta Legislative Building in Edmonton, the open-air event was the first of its kind in recent memory. It also marked the very first time in over 40 years that the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta was not the star of the show.

In all, eleven members of the NDP Executive Council were sworn is as provincial cabinet ministers.

At the helm is Rachel Notley as the 17th premier of the province of Alberta. Premier Notley (photo, in white), a lawyer, was also sworn is as Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations. This makes her 12-member cabinet (including herself), the smallest ever in recent memory.

The New Democrats swept into power earlier this month, with a stunning victory at the polls. They won a 54-seat majority at the May 5, 2015 provincial elections.

One of the first tasks of Premier Notley’s new government would be to keep a campaign promise; and raise Alberta’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Some members of the new Alberta government

Opening prayers, ahead of the swearing-in formalities

Open-air support from Albertans