Premier Jason Kenney announced he shuffled Alberta’s cabinet on February 25, Friday afternoon, mere minutes before an investigation into Kaycee Madu was released.
Kaycee Madu returns to the cabinet as the labour and immigration minister. Madu, who previously was Alberta’s justice minister, had been suspended from the cabinet position after an investigation into a phone call he made to Edmonton Police Service Chief Dale McFee 11 months ago regarding a traffic ticket.
Minutes, after the government informed the media about the cabinet changes on Friday, the report into Madu’s conduct, was publicly released.
Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judge Adele Kent, who completed the independent investigation into Madu’s conduct, said that the cabinet minister “did not interfere in the administration of justice,” but he attempted to and that the phone call may have created a “reasonable perception of interference.”
The province says the report was presented to the government on February 15. According to government officials, the two ministers were sworn in earlier today at a private ceremony that the media were not invited to.
In a statement, Kenney thanked Madu for his “critical work” in addressing racism and ending police carding in Alberta.
“I know that he will continue to be a strong advocate for equality of opportunity,” Kenney said. “I am confident that both ministers will continue to work hard to make life better for Albertans.”
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