CBC News: Wildrose shadow cabinet to keep eye on property rights, red tape

Alberta's Wildrose party has unveiled its 21-person shadow cabinet — nearly twice the size of the NDP's 12-member executive.

"Our team will advocate for more efficient government that focuses on people served, not dollars spent," Wildrose Leader Brian Jean wrote in a release.

"It's time to get to work."

Jean will take the role of international and intergovernmental affairs critic, mirroring the portfolio handled by Premier Rachel Notley.

Derek Fildebrandt, the former Alberta head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, will be the party's finance critic.

Chestermere-Rocky View MLA Leela Aheer will take the energy critic role, while the Drew Barnes, the Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA who ran for the party's leadership this year, will be health critic.

Drayton Valley- Devon's Mark Smith is the education critic.

The Wildrose shadow cabinet also includes critics focuses on property rights, electricity & renewables, and "red tape reduction."

The party's 21 MLAs were sworn in at a ceremony Monday afternoon.

Wildrose shadow cabinet


Brian Jean

Fort McMurray-Conklin

International & Intergovernmental Relations

Derek Fildebrandt


Finance & Treasury Board

Drew Barnes

Cypress-Medicine Hat


Leela Aheer

​Chestermere-Rocky View


Mark Smith

Drayton Valley-Devon


Rick Strankman


Agriculture, Forestry & Rural Development

Pat Stier


Municipal Affairs

Nathan Cooper

Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills

House Leader, Property Rights

Dave Hanson

Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills

Deputy House Leader, Aboriginal Relations

Jason Nixon

Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre

Whip, Democracy & Accountability

Scott Cyr

Bonnyville-Cold Lake

Deputy Whip, Justice & Solicitor General

Tany Yao

Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo

Caucus Chair, Seniors

Angela Pitt


Human Services, Status of Women

Glenn Van Dijken



Wes Taylor

Battle River-Wainwright

Innovation & Advanced Education

Todd Loewen

Grande Prairie-Smoky

Environment & Parks

Wayne Anderson


Service Alberta

Don MacIntyre

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

Electricity & Renewables

Dave Schneider

Little Bow


Ron Orr


Culture & Tourism

Grant Hunter


Jobs, Skills, Training, Labour & Red Tape Reduction