Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced a series of changes to the province’s cabinet, including the appointment of Calgary-North West MLA Sandra Jansen as the new Minister of Infrastructure.
“Alberta’s economy is looking up, but there is more work to do – especially in Calgary, where too many skilled people are still looking for work,” Notley said. “That’s why I’m appointing Sandra Jansen, an experienced and well-known champion for Calgary, as our new Minister of Infrastructure. Sandra will oversee our job-creating capital plan and I’m asking her to carry out this work with a specific eye to projects that create jobs in Calgary, such as the Green Line.”
Jansen takes over the position from Brian Mason, who also holds the positions of Minister of Transportation and Deputy Premier. Mason had held the infrastructure portfolio since May of 2015.
Jansen is a longtime resident of Calgary. She was a journalist for 23 years, including 10 years as a national news anchor for CTV News Channel in Toronto. Jansen has a diploma in broadcasting from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University. She also studied French at McGill University.
“Jobs and economic recovery are a top priority for Albertans and for our government,” Jansen said. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Premier and my colleagues to make Albertans’ lives better, building the schools, hospitals and economic infrastructure we need to create jobs and keep Alberta growing.”
Jansen’s most recent legislative accomplishments include co-sponsoring Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley’s Bill 2 – An Act to Remove Barriers for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence and sponsoring Bill 205 – Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Act.