An Edmonton Realtor turned provincial MLA is Alberta’s new official opposition critic for agriculture and forestry.
Rachel Notley, leader of the province’s opposition New Democrats, on Monday announced her shadow cabinet and named Lorne Dach, MLA for Edmonton-McClung, as the party’s ag critic.
Dach came to the legislature in the 2015 election with a political science degree and about 30 years’ experience as a real estate broker.
Before entering provincial politics Dach also served on the board of homeEd, the city’s non-profit housing corporation, and as a volunteer probation officer with the Alberta solicitor general’s court intake unit.
During the NDP’s term in government, Dach served as deputy chair of the standing committee on public accounts and deputy chair of the standing committee on legislative offices.
In the province’s April 16 election, Dach held his west Edmonton riding by a margin of over 1,400 votes against United Conservative challenger Laurie Mozeson — and by over 4,400 votes against Alberta Party leader and former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel.
As ag critic, Dach will face Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Devin Dreeshen, who Premier Jason Kenney named April 30 as agriculture and forestry minister, when the legislature reconvenes May 21.
Other shadow cabinet appointments relevant to the agriculture file include Edmonton MLAs Marlin Schmidt as environment critic, Rod Loyola as transportation critic and Thomas Dang as infrastructure critic, and Calgary MLA Joe Ceci as municipal affairs critic. — Glacier FarmMedia Network