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Alberta deputy premier sworn in as province's advanced education minister

Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk.

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EDMONTON -- Premier Alison Redford introduced Dr. Richard Starke as her new tourism, parks and recreation minister.

The rookie MLA was sworn in Friday.

Redford called Starke "a man of incredible integrity and common sense" committed to community, family and province, as well as amateur sport.

The veterinarian replaces another rookie, former principal Christine Cusanelli who apologized after a series of expense infractions, including using a government credit card to send her mother and daughter to the Olympics and double-dipping on Edmonton living expenses over and above her MLA living allowance.

Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk was sworn in to the portfolio of advanced education and enterprise.

The premier drew chuckles when she said she values Lukaszuk for his strong opinions, and that there's more he needs to do.

Lukaszuk replaces rookie MLA Stephen Khan, criticized by some for a perceived arm's length relationship with education leaders.

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