EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Sandra Jensen, the MLA for Calgary-North West, as the new minister of infrastructure on Oct. 17.
A former television journalist, Jansen was first elected to Alberta's legislative assembly in the 2012 provincial election as a Progressive Conservative and served as minister of family and community safety.
Jansen crossed the floor last year to join the NDP, nine days after dropping out of the Progressive Conservative leadership race.
The infrastructure post was previously held by Brian Mason, who will remain transportation minister. Mason is also government house leader.
"Alberta's economy is looking up, but there is more work to do – especially in Calgary, where too many skilled people are still looking for work. That's why I'm appointing Sandra Jansen, an experienced and well-known champion for Calgary, as our new minister of infrastructure," Notley said in a statement.
"Sandra will oversee our job-creating capital plan and I'm asking her to carry out this work with a specific eye to projects that create jobs in Calgary, such as the Green Line."
"I am excited about the opportunity to work with the premier and my colleagues to make Albertans' lives better, building the schools, hospitals and economic infrastructure we need to create jobs and keep Alberta growing," Jansen added.
Other appointments include Fort-Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood, who has been appointed parliamentary secretary to the minister of economic development and trade for small business.