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Small Manitoba Cabinet Shuffle Includes Replacement for Indigenous Relations

July 15, 2021 10:47 AM | News

Manitoba Legislature

The Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Saturday, August 30, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has shuffled his cabinet and welcomed two new ministers into the fold.

During a swearing-in ceremony at the Manitoba legislature on Thursday, Pallister introduced Selkirk MLA Alan Lagimodiere as the first minister of Indigenous reconciliation and northern relations.

Waverley MLA Jon Reyes will take over as minister of economic development and jobs.

Ralph Eichler, MLA for Lakeside, was sworn in as minister of agriculture and resource development, a portfolio he has previously held.

The cabinet shuffle comes after Eileen Clarke, MLA for Agassiz, resigned from cabinet last Friday as the minister responsible for Indigenous and northern relations after the premier’s recent comments on Canadian history.

The cabinet remains mostly the same, aside from including Blaine Pedersen, who has retired.

“I have been proud to have both Blaine and Eileen as part of our team from the very beginning,” said Pallister.

“Both have served Manitobans exceptionally well as ministers and leave a strong legacy of accomplishments. They have my grateful thanks for stepping up to serve and my best wishes for the new family time they are about to enjoy.”