“We have achieved this through a strong team. But there is much left to do. Today, I’m announcing some key changes and additions to the team that build on the significant progress achieved over the first two years and position us for further improvements in our finances, services and economy over the second half of our mandate.”
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister made some changes to his cabinet on Wednesday.
One new member was brought up to cabinet as MLA for St. Vital Colleen Mayer is the new minister of Crown services.
Five MLA’s have been moved to different porfolios.
–Heather Stefanson (MLA for Tuxedo) goes into the Department of Families from Justice and Attorney General, but will continue to serve as Deputy Premier.
–Cliff Cullen (MLA for Spruce Woods) replaces Stefanson as Justice Minister and Attorney General.
–Kelvin Geortzen (MLA for Steinbach) takes over the Education portfolio and is government house leader.
–Cameron Friesen (MLA for Morden-Winkler) takes over Health from Goertzen.
–Scott Fielding (MLA for Kirkfield Park) replaces Friesen as Finance Minister and is minister responsible for the civil service.
Three MLA’s have been named legislative assistants.
–Ian Wishart (MLA for Portage la Prairie) is legislative assistant to the Education Minister.
–Reg Helwer (MLA for Brandon West) is legislative assistant to the Finance Minister.
–Greg Nesbitt (MLA for Riding Mountain) is legislative assistant to the Health Minister.
Eight MLA’s stayed in their current roles.
–Premier Brian Pallister (MLA for Fort Whyte) stays as president of the Executive Council, Minister of intergovernmental affairs and international relations.
–Jeff Wharton (MLA for Gimli) stays in Municipal Relations.
–Eileen Clarke (MLA for Agassiz) still handles the Indigenous and northern relations portfolio.
–Ron Schuler (MLA for St. Paul) remains as Infrastructure Minister.
–Ralph Eichler remains as Agriculture Minister.
–Blaine Pedersen (MLA for Midland) is still Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade.
–Cathy Cox (MLA for River East) retains Sport, Culture and Heritage file.
–Rochelle Squires (MLA for Riel) keeps title of Minister of Sustainable Development and minister responsible for francophone affairs and status of women.
“Since our election in April of 2016, our government has focused on fixing the finances, repairing the services and rebuilding the economy of our province,” said Pallister in a news release. “Our team has made great progress. Taxes have been lowered, the deficit has come down, we are seeing record private investment in our province, bond rating agencies are giving Manitoba a vote of confidence and emergency room wait times have come down.