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Tyler Shandro out, Jason Copping in as Alberta’s health minister

Tyler Shandro is out as Alberta’s health minister and Jason Copping is taking over the key cabinet position.

Premier Jason Kenney shuffled his cabinet Tuesday in a short swearing-in ceremony at Government House.

Shandro and Copping are swapping portfolios.

Shandro takes over as the minister of labour and immigration.

The shuffle comes as Alberta is struggling with a devastating fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and Kenney faces turmoil within his own caucus.

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the province’s health-care system, bringing it to the brink of collapse.

Also Tuesday, Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver issued a letter to the federal government asking for help dealing with the crush of patients. 

There were 20,614 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta as of Monday — more than twice as many as any other province or territory and the first time the numbers have surpassed 20,000 in the province since mid-May. 

Monday’s update listed 954 people being treated in hospital, 216 of whom were in intensive care beds. An update on the situation will be provided after the cabinet shuffle is announced.

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