Jim Prentice officially to be sworn in as Alberta premier today

By Staff The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Alberta is to officially get a new premier today.

Jim Prentice is to be sworn in as the 16th leader of the province this afternoon by Alberta’s lieutenant governor during a ceremony at Government House in Edmonton.

His cabinet members, whose names have yet to be revealed, will also be sworn in.

Dave Hancock has been premier since Alison Redford stepped down in March.

Prentice says his priority is to clean up the scandals of the Redford era and get Alberta back on track.

Alberta is about 16 months away from its next legislated election, which must be held in the spring of 2016.