Thomas Lukaszuk: Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2013
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In May 2012, Thomas Lukaszuk was sworn in as the deputy premier, and in February 2013, he was given the post of minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. In these roles, he’s taken the lead on some of the most important and challenging issues facing the province. He’s been at the centre of the controversy over cuts to post-secondary institutions and was at the fore of negotiations to end the five-day wildcat strike by AUPE prison guards, sheriffs, court workers and social workers. All told, the man first elected in 2001 (and who earned the nickname “Landslide Lukaszuk” for his razor-thin win in 2004) has proven himself to be one of the most capable and influential members of Premier Alison Redford’s government.