Todd Loewen is officially sworn in as the MLA for Central Peace-Notley on May 21.
Photo courtesy of Todd Loewen’s Facebook
Central Peace-Notley MLA Todd Loewen has been selected as the caucus chair for the United Conservative Party (UCP), which took power in last month’s Alberta election.“I thought it was just a chance to be a little more involved with the legislative process and the opportunity to be more involved with all 63 MLAs on a kind of somewhat daily basis with planning for meetings and the agendas for the legislature and that sort of thing,” Loewen said.Caucus chairs are chosen through an election of MLAs belonging to the party. Loewen ran unopposed for the position.“After the cabinet was chosen and all the other positions were organized within caucus, then I knew that there’d be an opportunity to go for caucus chair, so as soon as I knew that opportunity was coming up, then I started campaigning,” he said. “I guess I didn’t feel like I’d had enough campaigning in the last couple of months for the general election.”The duties of the caucus chair include organizing caucus meetings, chairing caucus meetings and working with the house leader and whip with organizing the legislative agendas.“It’s definitely a process going from opposition to government but I think the process is going very well actually,” Loewen said.Previously elected as the Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA in 2015, Loewen won the redrawn and renamed Central Peace-Notley riding against former NDP Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd during the Alberta general election.Loewen stated that he plans to keep his position as caucus chair for the foreseeable future.“There might be other opportunities [coming] up and there may be a desire from others to change too,” he said. “But as it sits right now, I’m very happy with the position.”