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August 1, 2018

United Conservatives announce critic portfolio assignments for new MLAs-elect Goodridge and Dreeshen

The United Conservatives have begun preparations for the fall session of the Alberta Legislature as by-election winners Laila Goodridge and Devin Dreeshen were today assigned critic portfolios.

United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney has asked Goodridge to serve as Seniors, Housing, and Multiculturalism Critic, and Dreeshen as Trade Critic.

“I am thrilled to announce these critic portfolio assignments and to fully integrate our new MLAs into our caucus team,” said Kenney. “Laila and Devin each bring unique strengths, talents, and abilities to our United Conservative team and I look forward to seeing them hold this NDP government to account.”

Goodridge and Dreeshen have completed the MLA orientation program and are settling into their new roles here in Edmonton and in their respective constituencies of Fort McMurray-Conklin and Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

“It is an honour to serve the people of Fort McMurray-Conklin as their MLA and now as the United Conservative Seniors, Housing, and Multiculturalism Critic,” said Goodridge. “I look forward to working with stakeholders from across the province to effectively represent Albertans served by these departments.”

“I’m humbled to be asked to take on a portfolio of such critical importance to Alberta’s economic health and prosperity,” said Dreeshen. “With issues like the renegotiation of NAFTA and securing market access for our oil and gas, trade impacts all Albertans, including the people of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and I look forward to representing their interests.”

Kenney today is also announcing that Grant Hunter, MLA for Cardston-Taber-Warner, will assume the responsibilities of UCP Caucus Deputy Whip on a permanent basis.