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CALGARY — The name Marg McCuaig-Boyd doesn’t ring a bell for many in Alberta’s oilpatch.

The newly elected NDP politician was named Alberta’s energy minister this weekend.

Martin Pelletier of TriVest Wealth Counsel in Calgary says he was surprised Premier Rachel Notley didn’t choose a more high-profile name for the portfolio.

Sonny Mottahed, the CEO of Black Spruce Merchant Capital, says he’d liked to have seen someone with more oil and gas experience appointed to the file.

McCuaig-Boyd’s candidate bio highlights jobs she’s had in education and administration, as well as consulting with small- and medium-sized businesses.

She also lives in a part of the province where there’s a lot of oil and gas activity.

She could not immediately be reached for comment.

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