Premier Ed Stelmach will take over the Ministry of International and Intergovernmental Relations following the resignation of minister Ron Stevens, who was also Deputy Premier.[1] The Premier stated he will not appoint a new Deputy Premier until after the end of the spring legislative session, sometime in mid-June.[2]

Ron Stevens, former MLA for Calgary-Glenmore, was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta on May 20, 2009 by Attorney General of Canada Rob Nicholson.[3] The federal government appoints judges of provincial superior courts under section 96 of the Constitution Act, 1867.[4]

A by-election for Calgary-Glenmore has not yet been set, but Premier Stelmach said that the seat will be filled in time for the opening of the fall legislative session in October, indicating a late summer by-election.[5]


[1] Don Braid, “Stelmach to take over Stevens’ duties as minister” Calgary Herald (20 May 2009).
[2]“Byelection before summer’s end” Edmonton Journal (21 May 2009).
[3] Office of the Minister of Justice, “Alberta Judicial Appointments Announced” Department of Justice (20 May 2009).
[5] Supra note 2.