Premier Announces Cabinet Reset, Government Focused on Basics

October 18, 2013

Premier to Lead Skills Strategy

Changes to the provincial cabinet will focus on building a strong economy and on creating good jobs and opportunities for families, Premier Greg Selinger announced today

"Despite uncertainty in the global economy, Manitoba has kept building and made so much progress. Unemployment is low, our economy is growing faster than the national average and we've built assets that are the envy of others," said the premier. "I've brought together a team of experienced hands and new ministers who will keep Manitoba strong and moving forward by focusing on the basics."

The premier said the new cabinet will bring a renewed focused to:
* creating good jobs and a strong economy,
* building and renewing the province's infrastructure, and
* keeping Manitoba affordable and protecting consumers.

The premier announced the creation of the new Department of Jobs and the Economy, led by outgoing minister of health Theresa Oswald.

Several new faces added to cabinet in today's shuffle are:
* James Allum, minister of education and advanced learning;
* Erna Braun, minister of labour and immigration; and
* Sharon Blady, minister of healthy living and seniors.

The premier announced he will also be responsible for the provincial government's skills strategy to help add 75,000 new workers to Manitoba's economy by 2020.

"Across Manitoba, families, businesses and labour know that to keep our businesses growing and creating good jobs, we need to meet the shortage of skilled labour," said the premier. "A new skills strategy will help get Manitobans the training they need to build a better life for their families."

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION


MANITOBA EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN ORDER OF PRECEDENCE

Greg Selinger
Premier of Manitoba
Minister of federal-provincial relations
Minister responsible for the skills strategy
Minister responsible for francophone affairs

Steve Ashton
Minister of infrastructure and transportation
Minister responsible for emergency measures

Dave Chomiak
Minister of mineral resources
Minister charged with the administration of the Gaming Control Act

Gord Mackintosh
Minister of conservation and water stewardship

Eric Robinson
Minister of Aboriginal and northern affairs
Minister charged with the administration of the Community Economic Development Fund Act

Ron Lemieux
Minister of tourism, culture, sport and consumer protection
Minister charged with the administration of the Liquor Control Act
Minister charged with the administration of the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation Act

Stan Struthers
Minister of municipal government
Minister charged with administration of the Manitoba Hydro Act

Peter Bjornson
Minister of housing and community development

Theresa Oswald
Minister of jobs and the economy

Kerri Irvin-Ross
Minister of family services
Minister responsible for the status of women

Andrew Swan
Minister of justice and attorney general
Minister charged with administration of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation Act
Government house leader

Jennifer Howard
Minister of finance
Chair of Treasury Board
Minister responsible for the Civil Service Commission
Minister responsible for persons with disabilities

Flor Marcelino
Minister of multiculturalism and literacy

Erin Selby
Minister of health

Kevin Chief
Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg
Minister responsible for children and youth opportunities

Ron Kostyshyn
Minister of agriculture, food and rural development

Sharon Blady
Minister of healthy living and seniors

Erna Braun
Minister of labour and immigration

James Allum
Minister of education and advanced learning

MANITOBA DEPUTY MINISTERS

Harvey Bostrom
Deputy minister of Aboriginal and northern affairs

Joy Cramer
Deputy minister of family services

Grant Doak
Deputy minister of conservation and water stewardship

Hugh Eliasson
Deputy minister of jobs and the economy
Deputy minister of mineral resources

Gerald Farthing
Deputy minister of education and advanced learning

Dori Gingera-Beauchemin
Deputy minister of agriculture, food and rural development

Terry Goertzen
Deputy minister of tourism, culture, sport and consumer protection

Karen Herd
Deputy minister of health
Deputy minister of healthy living and seniors

Jim Hrichishen
Deputy minister of finance

Doug McNeil
Deputy minister of infrastructure and transportation

Fred Meier
Deputy minister of municipal government
Deputy minister for the City of Winnipeg

Donna Miller
Deputy minister of justice and attorney general

Jeff Parr
Deputy minister of housing and community development
Deputy minister of labour and immigration

Jan Sanderson
Deputy minister of children and youth opportunities

Cindy Stevens
Deputy minister of multiculturalism and literacy
 

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"Despite uncertainty in the global economy, Manitoba has kept building and made so much progress. Unemployment is low, our economy is growing faster than the national average and we've built assets that are the envy of others," said the premier. "I've brought together a team of experienced hands and new ministers who will keep Manitoba strong and moving forward by focusing on the basics." Premier Greg Selinger