Wednesday, 23 November 2011 16:15

Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA gets new duties

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By Ryan Dahlman — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When Cypress-Medicine Hat Len Mitzel was left out of the Alberta cabinet and Medicine Hat MLA Rob Renner lost his Environment portfolio during the Oct. 12 cabinet shuffle, it meant the southeast part of the province didn’t have a representative at the cabinet table.

More than a month later and it hasn’t changed, however, Mitzel is now closer to a cabinet posting.

Mitzel resigned his Deputy Speaker of the Assembly duties last week to become the new parliamentary assistant to Transportation Minister Ray Danyluk. An official announcement hadn’t been made as of press time but Mitzel confirmed the new position.

“I’ll miss some of the work I did before,” explained Mitzel. “I chalk it up to it being a great experience and now I have an awesome opportunity.

He is quite excited about the “junior minister job and working with Danyluk.”

“Over the last four years I’ve been the deputy chair and while chairing the legislature has been fun and good experience I have to be neutral with not only the MLAs, but with everything,” explained the two-term MLA. “It eliminated any government work because of the neutrality I had to maintain.”

Mitzel said he had an opportunity to choose which portfolio he could assist. It didn’t take long for the resident of Etzikom to decide on transportation.

It doesn’t come as a major surprise considering Mitzel’s efforts and heavy push to create a 24-hour border crossing and a transportation corridor in southeast and eastern Alberta.

Mitzel personally worked for Alberta Transportation for seven years starting shortly after high school. Mitzel also had to deal with transportation issues while reeve of Cypress County and he was also vice-president, Red Coat Trail Highway Association.

“I’ve always maintained my connections with those in Alberta transportation industry,” explained Mitzel.

He wanted to work in transportation for a number of reasons.

“Ray (Danyluk) knows me, we both got first elected in the same year (2004) and we knew each other from before,” explained Mitzel. “We worked together on the ag service board. I’ve known him for quite some time...we’ll work well together.”

He added agriculture and transportation issues were the areas which he found effected Albertans a lot and which he had to deal with the years he was reeve of Cypress County.

Mitzel is and was involved in other water sustainability and tourism-related organizations.

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