Alison Redford appoints new chief of staff to replace Stephen Carter

The man who masterminded Premier Alison Redford’s victories in the Alberta election and Progressive Conservative leadership race is no longer her chief of staff.

EDMONTON — The man who masterminded Premier Alison Redford’s victories in the Alberta election and Progressive Conservative leadership race is no longer her chief of staff.

Stephen Carter is being replaced by Farouk Adatia, a Calgary lawyer.

In a release, Redford thanks Carter for serving in the key post for the past six months and says she has the greatest respect for him.

Adatia is a partner at the Bennett Jones law firm and is active with the Calgary United Way and other charities.

During his tenure as chief of staff Carter was known for his aggressive style.

Carter once accused the president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association of lying when she criticized the provincial budget.