The Brian Pallister era in Manitoba is officially underway, with the new Premier naming his 12-member cabinet.
As the Progressive Conservatives gear up for at least four years in power, both the NDP and Liberals are sharing their thoughts on the cabinet selections.
Minto MLA Andrew Swan commends the selections, calling them very capable. But he’s worried about the size of the cabinet, which has six fewer people than the previous one.
“The Department of Labour has disappeared entirely. We don’t know where it’s gone and we’ll have to ask. We want to make sure that workers rights, and safe workplaces and healthy working conditions are still a priority,” Swan explains. “And we’ll have to find out where the Department of Immigration has gone. Labour and immigration had been big priorities for our government.”
Swan hopes that the PC’s don’t ignore northern Manitoba, and is also worried about the lack of diversity in the cabinet, a view shared by Liberal leader Rana Bohkari.
She says it would have been nice to see more women named (four of the twelve cabinet ministers are women) and also feels that northern Manitoba was neglected.
Bohkari is calling on the new government to explain the roles of each cabinet minister.
“Everything seems so condensed, it would probably be a good idea and I would absolutely call for them to do mandate letters so that Manitobans can see where exactly where poverty, where CFS, where some of these very important issues that Manitobans are facing fall under.”
Bohkari hopes the Progressive Conservatives release a poverty reduction strategy and recognize the mental health issues in Manitoba.