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Alta. Liberals name new ag critic

A nurse and former Lethbridge city councillor turned MLA will be the new critic on the agriculture and rural development file for Alberta’s provincial Liberals.

Party leader David Swann on Thursday shuffled the shadow cabinet in his eight-member caucus and named Bridget Pastoor to handle the agriculture, rural development, municipal affairs, seniors and community supports and international and intergovernmental relations critic files.

As ag critic, Pastoor replaces Edmonton Riverview MLA Kevin Taft, who stepped down as party leader in 2008 and who Swann named to the ag and rural development critic post in 2009. Taft’s new critic files include aboriginal relations and advanced education and technology.

Pastoor, the MLA for Lethbridge East since 2004, began her career with Air Canada and after raising three children, went back to school to become a registered nurse and geriatric specialist, working at the city’s Edith Cavell Care Centre from 1990 to 2004.

During that time, Pastoor also served as an alderwoman on Lethbridge’s city council (1998-2004) and on the board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1999-2002).

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