Manitoba premier shakes up her cabinet




WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson is adding a third health minister and promoting four backbenchers in her first cabinet shuffle since she took office in November.

Stefanson has promoted Scott Johnston to become minister of a new portfolio for seniors and long-term care.

Audrey Gordon retains responsibility for acute health care, and Sarah Guillemard moves from conservation to become minister for mental health and community wellness.

Eileen Clarke, who resigned as Indigenous relations minister under former premier Brian Pallister last year, is back in cabinet as minister of municipal relations.

Other backbenchers being promoted are Andrew Smith to sport, culture and heritage, and Doyle Piwniuk as minister of transportation and infrastructure.

Two people are out of cabinet — Cathy Cox, who was sport, culture and heritage minister, and Ralph Eichler who headed up agriculture.

Several other ministers are changing portfolios.


Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson speaks to media prior to the reading of the speech from the throne at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson speaks to media prior to the reading of the speech from the throne at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Kelvin Goertzen moves from parliamentary affairs to justice. Cameron Friesen moves from justice to finance.

Scott Fielding moves from finance to natural resources. Cliff Cullen moves from education to economic development, and Wayne Ewasko moves from advanced education to education.

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 The cabinet

 

Seniors and long-term care (new): Scott Johnston (Assiniboia)

Health: Audrey Gordon (Southdale)

Mental health and community wellness (new): Sarah Guillemard (Fort Richmond)

Transportation and infrastructure: Doyle Piwniuk (Turtle Mountain)

Sport, culture and heritage: Andrew Smith (Lagimodiere)

Municipal relations: Eileen Clarke (Agassiz)

Economic development, investment and trade, deputy premier: Cliff Cullen (Spruce Woods)

Justice and attorney general: Kelvin Goertzen (Steinbach)

Finance: Cameron Friesen (Morden-Winkler)

Natural resources and northern development: Scott Fielding (Kirkfield Park)

Environment, climate and parks: Jeff Wharton (Red River North)

Labour, consumer protection and government services: Reg Helwer (Brandon West)

Education and early childhood learning: Wayne Ewasko (Lac du Bonnet)

Agriculture: Derek Johnson (Interlake-Gimli)

Advanced education, skills and immigration: Jon Reyes (Waverley)

Status of women, Families: Rochelle Squires (Riel).

Indigenous reconciliation and northern relations: Alan Lagimodiere (Selkirk)

“I am confident this team will focus on the priorities of Manitobans as we continue to fight back against COVID-19 and work together to build a healthier, stronger and more prosperous province for all,” Stefanson said in a news release Tuesday.

Her only notable lineup change before Tuesday was the removal of Ron Schuler, former infrastructure minister, from cabinet in December.

Stefanson said Schuler’s messaging on COVID-19 vaccines was inconsistent with the government’s efforts to get people…



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