The new MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin has a new job within the United Conservative Party.
Laila Goodridge will serve as the Seniors, Housing, and Multiculturalism critic.
“It’s a total honour to serve in this capacity and I really look forward to working with stakeholders from across the region as well as the province to represent all Albertans,” she said.
Goodridge tells Mix News she was approached by UCP Leader Jason Kenney to fill the role.
“As the rookie MLA, I’m absolutely thrilled to be in this portfolio – I don’t think I could have picked anything better.”
She says she’s also going to use this opportunity to be an advocate for the continued construction and development of Willow Square.
“I’m going to continue pushing to make sure we have an aging-in-place facility here in Fort McMurray, it’s about so much more than just having that space, it’s about our community being able to age here.”
She joins MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Tany Yao on the UCP’s shadow cabinet as he continues to be the Health & Emergency Response critic.
Along with Goodridge, newly elected MLA Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Devin Dreeshen will be the party’s Trade critic.
“I am thrilled to announce these critic portfolio assignments and to fully integrate our new MLAs into our caucus team,” said Kenney, in a release. “Laila and Devin each bring unique strengths, talents, and abilities to our United Conservative team and I look forward to seeing them hold this NDP government to account.”
Goodridge has already completed her MLA orientation program since winning the byelection on July 12.