Wishart out as Premier shuffles cabinet

Premier Brian Pallister announced changes to the provincial cabinet today and moved Portage MLA Ian Wishart from Minister of Education and Training to legislative assistant.

The premier has moved Kelvin Goertzen (MLA for Steinbach) from the health portfolio to that of Department of Education and Training. He is also government house leader.
Ian Wishart (MLA for Portage la Prairie) has been appointed legislative assistant to the minister of education and training and tasked with coordinating a thorough review of the kindergarten to Grade 12 education system that will lead to reforms essential to ensuring youth are leaving school prepared to succeed in today’s competitive climate, the premier explained.
Pallister welcomed Colleen Mayer, MLA for St. Vital, as the new minister of Crown services.
He also announced new portfolios for the following ministers:
•    Heather Stefanson (MLA for Tuxedo) – Department of Families and she will continue to serve as deputy premier;
•    Cameron Friesen (MLA for Morden-Winkler) – Department of Health, Seniors and Active Living;
•   Kelvin Goertzen (MLA for Steinbach) – Department of Education and Training, and government house leader;
•    Cliff Cullen (MLA for Spruce Woods) – Department of Justice and attorney general; and
•    Scott Fielding (MLA for Kirkfield Park) – Department of Finance and minister responsible for the civil service.
“These changes represent a comprehensive and strategic repositioning at the mid-point of this government’s mandate of the key portfolios essential to the work of fixing the finances, repairing the services and rebuilding the economy, said Pallister.
“The energy, experience and enthusiasm these ministers will bring to their new portfolios will ensure progress continues on our task of making Manitoba the most improved province in Canada,” he said. “We are harnessing key ministers to refocus on that work at this critical point in our mandate.

Other legislative assistant changes are:

•    Reg Helwer (MLA for Brandon West) has been named legislative assistant to the minister of finance; and
•    Greg Nesbitt (MLA for Riding Mountain) has been named legislative assistant to the minister of health, seniors and active living.
The following MLAs remain in their current portfolios:
•    Brian Pallister (MLA for Fort Whyte) – premier and president of the Executive Council; minister of intergovernmental affairs and international relations;
•    Jeff Wharton (MLA for Gimli) – Department of Municipal Relations;
•    Eileen Clarke (MLA for Agassiz) – Department of Indigenous and northern relations;
•    Ron Schuler (MLA for St. Paul) – Department of Infrastructure;
•    Ralph Eichler (MLA for Lakeside) – Department of Agriculture;
•    Blaine Pedersen (MLA for Midland) – Department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade;
•    Cathy Cox (MLA for River East) – Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage; and
•    Rochelle Squires (MLA for Riel) – Department of Sustainable Development and minister responsible for francophone affairs and status of women.

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