Diana McQueen: Environment Minister

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BIOGRAPHY

Born: Drayton Valley
Education: Graduated high school in Drayton Valley
Work prior to politics: Mayor of Drayton Valley, 2001-2008; worked in Amoco Canada’s accounting department; managed a retail business; served as a school board chair and trustee
First elected:
March 3, 2008 (re-elected once)
Constituency: Drayton Valley-Calmar
Previously: Minister of Environment & Water, October 2011–May 2012; co-chair for Climate Change Central
Sworn in as Minister of Environment: October 12, 2011

MINISTRY VISION AND MISSION
Vision:
Albertans expect their water to be safe, their air to be clean, their land to be productive, and careful decisions to be made to ensure public safety and a healthy environment
Mission: To assure the effective stewardship of Alberta’s environmental systems to sustain a high quality of life

CONTACT
10th floor, Petroleum Plaza S. Tower, 9915 108 St, Edm, T5K 2G8
Phone:
780 427 2700 Fax: 780 422 4086
http://environment.alberta.ca Email: diana.mcqueen@assembly.ab.ca Twitter: @MinisterMcQueen


REPORT CARD

“Industry, Ottawa and the province of Alberta will spend up to $150-million to ‘ramp up’ oil sands monitoring…Critics say while the plan is a step in the right direction, the feds and province are missing the mark by not appointing an independent commission. ‘This can’t be run from within government; there’s been too much trust lost,’ said U of A’s David Schindler.” (Tanara McLean, Edm Sun, Feb 3)

“Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute is glad the province has aspirations to improve environmental performance, and he senses a change of tone. [But] he noted: ‘Alberta has a GHG management plan but hasn’t strengthened it for years.’ ” (Kelly Cryderman, Cgy Herald, May 11)

“The ministry responsible for environmental protection [was merged] with the one that manages land use, wildlife, hunting/fishing licences and forestry… ‘It creates a bit of a problem when you’ve got (SRD), which is really the industry and money-making arm of the government… (rolled into) the watchdog part,’ said Wildrose’s Danielle Smith… [But] Gary Leach of the Small Explorers & Producers Association of Canada said the super-portfolio is well suited for the advocacy role McQueen has played on behalf of the province and the oil industry.” (Trish Audette, Edm Journal, May 8) #

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