Manitoba’s new Progressive Conservative government will be sworn in this morning at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at the Forks.
Brian Pallister becomes our 22nd Premier.
“It’s a humbling mandate to receive the largest mandate in this century in Manitoba. It just puts a tremendous sense of responsibilities on my shoulders and certainly I think too on all the folks who will be sworn in today in cabinet,” Pallister said.
He tells 680 CJOB tone is an important part of today’s ceremony.
“I think it’s particularly appropriate that we are doing our swearing in that beautiful facility and I think it’s really important that we demonstrate as a government that we’re going to abide by those values that Manitobans hold most dear in the way we make decisions and the way we conduct ourselves.”
Expect Pallister to have a much smaller cabinet with 12 instead of 18 ministers – one-third the size of the Selinger NDP government.
“The balance between – of course the city of Winnipeg is our largest centre by a considerable amount – and also various regions of the city and province, those are key considerations,” he said.
The longest serving MLA Myrna Driedger will be nominated to serve as speaker. That leaves her out of cabinet.
Some possible Cabinet candidates: Kelvin Goertzen from Steinbach, Cam Friesen from Morden-Winkler, Heather Stefenson from Tuxedo and Reg Halwer from Brandon West.
We will have full coverage after nine starting on Richard Cloutier Reports.