Premier Notley is Sworn In

It was hot and sunny this afternoon as Rachel Notely was sworn in as Alberta’s seventeenth Premier. It was the first change of power in Alberta in 44 years and people were hungry for change.

Rachel Notley is sworn in
Rachel Notley is sworn in

 

Instead of the usual ceremony behind closed doors Premier Notely invited Albertans to join her on the grounds of the Legislature and they came out in droves. As Paris and I walked towards the grounds it felt like the Canada Day parade due to the number of people and excitement. Here is how the crowd covered the event on Twitter as curated by the Edmonton Journal.

 

The Festivities at the Legislature
The Festivities at the Legislature

 

Here is the new Premier and her Caucus, which has an equal number of men and women. It was interesting to watch the formalities involved in the process of swearing in a new government. As I think of the many bloody transitions of power that have taken place in other countries in the last 44 years and I am happy and proud, once again, that I am Canadian.

The new Premier and Cabinet
The new Premier and caucus

 

She introduced her new cabinet.

The new cabinet
The new cabinet

 

There was a lot of cheering and celebrating and many people played in the water or stood in the fountains to watch.

Cooling off in the fountains
Cooling off in the fountains and celebrating

 

The even turned on the new fountains in front of the Federal Building to celebrate. It was a great afternoon.

The new fountains at the Federal Building
The new fountains at the Federal Building

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