South Peace News
Former NDP Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd has accepted a new government post as a director of the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation.
McCuaig-Boyd was appointed to the position by UCP Finance Minister Travis Toews as part of a list of cabinet directives released Oct. 25, the day after the provincial budget was released.
McCuaig-Boyd replaces a director who was moved to another board.
“I am happy to be asked to be on the board and looking forward to serving in this role,” she says.
McCuaig-Boyd was elected in the Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley constituency in 2015.
She was a controversial choice for Energy Minister due to her lack of background in oil and gas. Before being elected she was working as a consultant, after serving for many years as vice-president of the Fairview Campus of Grande Prairie Regional College.
McCuaig-Boyd lost her seat to UCP MLA Todd Loewen in the redrawn Central Peace-Notley constituency in the 2019 election.
Many NDP and UCP supporters did not expect a former NDP minister to be given a position by the new UCP government.
“There certainly has been surprise from both sides but I have had many kind notes acknowledging my ability to work with all sides on issues. I believe I can bring that skill to this position,” McCuaig-Boyd says.
She says she will have an orientation soon.
The Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation provides a 100 per cent guarantee of deposits held with Alberta credit unions, regulates credit unions, monitors credit union performance, and establishes individual credit union loan approval limits.
Besides the new director position, McCuaig-Boyd says she is also working with high school students going into the trades.
“I am doing some work for Careers: The Next Generation again helping kids get into the RAP program,” she says.
The Registered Apprenticeship Program [RAP] lets students begin their apprenticeship training in a trade such as welding while still in high school.