Former Sask. cabinet minister Gordon Dirks appointed to Alberta cabinet

A former MLA from Saskatchewan has made a surprising political comeback in Alberta.

Dirks, 67, sworn in Monday as education minister

Gordon Dirks was sworn in as Alberta's new education minister on Monday. The former Saskatchewan social services minister is one of the rare few who been a cabinet minister in two provinces. (CBC)

A former MLA from Saskatchewan has made a surprising political comeback in Alberta.

Gordon Dirks, 67, was sworn in as Alberta's minister of education Monday.

He was previously a Regina MLA and a cabinet minister in Grant Devine's Progressive Conservative government in the 1980s. But he's been out of politics for three decades.

It is a rarity in Alberta politics to have a cabinet minister who is not elected. It's expected Dirks will run for a seat in a byelection.

Dirks represented Regina Rosemont from 1982 to 1986. Devine appointed him social services and urban affairs minister.

He was defeated in the 1986 election.

A pastor and school administrator, he moved to Alberta where he worked for the provincial government for awhile and later became the chair of the Calgary public school board.

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