There have been some rather large changes to the structure of many of the ministries, with several being eliminated altogether and their various departments being passed around to the survivors like the credit cards from a dead man's wallet, or sponsorship contracts from a Liberal government. The department *I* work for, as an example, will continue to exist under its current administration, but there will be enough changes and shuffling that it's safe to say new business cards will be printed, en masse, very shortly around ES's office.
Yesterday, to aid in blogging efforts (AND because I'm a total techno-gheek) I picked up the newest handset from Fido, the Sony Ericsson Z710i. VERY slick, and it will allow me to update the blog remotely with more regularity, which will certainly come in handy. Also lots of cool toys and functions, but this isn't a phone blog, so if you want more info, email me at the address on my profile. :)
Now then, the podcast idea is still floating around out there, as is the potential for something more visual. As an iPod Nano owner myself, I'm curious how many people would prefer something on video as opposed to something purely audio. The hardware and logistical issues aside, it seems to me that audio podcasts are more universally consumable, but I await the verdict from the members of ES Nation. All I know for sure is, it will certainly be a LOT harder to stay anonymous on a video recording.
Another aside, it's nice to see the acceptance that I've been given from the rest of the blogosphere. I readily admit I'm new to the game (not even a MONTH yet, I don't think), but it's nice to see the props and links going up all over the web as people realize that there may, in fact, be some substance behind this oh-so-stylish Pseudo-Calgarian's political waxings. I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months, and will be in contact if/when I'm passing through your respective necks of the woods.
As for cabinet, as I said above, only a few short hours until we get an announcement, and then I can promptly get drunk if I end up with either of my own personal "gruesome twosome" MLA's as minister - since both will no doubt be IN the cabinet, I've got better than a 1-in-10 chance. God help me.
Courtesy of the Alberta Government's Website, here is the new structure of Cabinet.
| 1. President of the Treasury Board |
Minister of Service Alberta
Responsible for Personnel Administration Office
|2. Advanced Education and Technology|| |
|3. Municipal Affairs and Housing|| |
|4. Energy|| |
|5. Health and Wellness|| |
|6. Employment, Immigration and Industry|| |
|7. Education|| |
|8. Children's Services|| |
|9. Environment|| |
|10. Agriculture and Food|| |
|11. Finance|| |
|12. Infrastructure and Transportation|| |
|13. Justice and Attorney General|| |
|14. Seniors and Community Supports|| |
|15. International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations|| |
|16. Sustainable Resource Development|| |
|17. Solicitor General and Public Security|| |
|18. Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture|| |