Alberta's new education minister must build a foundation in "the basics" of reading, writing and arithmetic while preparing students for the future, Premier Jim Prentice says in a mandate letter to Gordon Dirks. The premier delivered his marching orders in letters made public Wednesday to his new cadre of cabinet ministers, associate ministers, legislative secretaries and special advisers.
Jim Prentice gives an oath as he is sworn in as Alberta's 16th Premier in Edmonton, Alberta on Monday September 15, 2014. Jim Prentice gives an oath as he is sworn in as Alberta's 16th Premier in Edmonton, Alberta on Monday September 15, 2014.
Alberta interim Premier Dave Hancock, left, and Premier-designate Jim Prentice speak to media before meeting to begin the transition of the Office of the Premier in Edmonton, on Monday Sept 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson Alberta's next premier says he's still busy assembling his new cabinet and vows the group of 20 Progressive Conservative ministers that he'll unveil on Monday will reflect merit and "generational change."
Chestermere-Rocky View MLA and Education Critic Bruce McAllister has called mandatory school fees 'a hidden tax and undue financial burden on parents' in his call for Albertans to sign a petition to end mandatory school fees in Alberta public, Catholic and public charter schools. 'Every September, I get calls from parents who are shocked to see what they owe in mandatory school fees,' McAllister said in a Sept.
Alberta Premier-designate Jim Prentice gave more signals Monday he's looking for a fresh start for the Tories after winning the party's leadership on the weekend, saying he's contemplating a throne speech this fall to lay out the government's new agenda. Mr. Prentice spoke to reporters at Government House Monday morning just before meeting with Premier Dave Hancock, who has been serving on an interim basis since Alison Redford resigned this spring.
Jim Prentice , Alberta 's premier-designate and new leader of the Progressive Conservatives, is vowing to restore public confidence in a party hit by scandals that threaten to end its four decades of control over Canada 's third-largest provincial economy. Prentice, a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce vice chairman and former federal cabinet minister, won 77 percent of the vote on the first ballot this weekend.
PC leadership candidate Jim Prentice shrugged off an attack ad aimed at him by rival Ric McIver, saying, "I am disappointed and surprised that Ric would resort to that." EDMONTON - The three-month campaign to choose a new Alberta premier ended with a bang Thursday with the release of a snarky attack ad, long-awaited lists of financial backers and more complaints about the level of political discourse.
The three-month campaign to choose a new Alberta premier ended with a bang Thursday with the release of a snarky attack ad, long-awaited lists of financial backers and more complaints about the level of political discourse. On top of it all, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi told a national television audience the three candidates offered voters "nothing" in terms of platforms and policies, and he felt bad for PC party members as they cast their ballots.