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Alberta options for federal cabinet positions

Last Updated Oct 28, 2019 at 11:57 am MDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA (660 NEWS) – Alberta’s anger has bubbled to the surface since the federal election last week but the Trudeau government could make a peace offering to the west.

Rumours are swirling that an Albertan will be appointed to Trudeau’s cabinet despite his party winning no seats in the province.

Whispers are surrounding former Premier Alison Redford and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi after they said they would be willing to help Trudeau.

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Political Scientist with the University of Ottawa, David Moscrop, believes Trudeau should appoint an Alberta senator to the cabinet instead.

“Here’s the challenge: there are no vacancies in Alberta right now for the Senate, so you’d have to choose someone who’s currently sitting or you’d have to use a constitutional power to temporarily increase the number of senators.”

Moscrop believes the cabinet position can’t be too small of a portfolio, or it may be seen as a slap in the face to the prairies.

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Political commentator Jason Markusoff agrees but warns Albertans might not approve of a cabinet appointment one way or another.

“Almost anything that Trudeau does that’s not in a traditional democratic thing like picking somebody from your caucus will frustrate some people in Alberta. Sort of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario.”

At the end of the day, Markusoff believes Alberta needs to have a voice in the cabinet.

“Cabinet is what makes the big financial, the big governmental decisions. It’s cabinet that approves or doesn’t approve major pipeline projects or other major energy projects or budgets.”

While Nenshi dismissed speculation of a cabinet appointment, he did say he would help informally. Redford also said she’s willing to help the federal Liberals to address the gap in western representation.

Reporter Saif Kaisar has more