U of M congratulates Premier Pallister and new cabinet
President Barnard welcomes opportunity to work with new provincial government
Dr. David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba, congratulates Brian Pallister in becoming Manitoba’s 22nd Premier on May 3 at a swearing-in ceremony held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
“I look forward to furthering the University of Manitoba’s relationship with Premier Pallister and his new team. The provincial government is a key partner and stakeholder of the University and we will work collaboratively with Premier Pallister and his new cabinet to contribute to Manitoba’s economic, social and cultural well-being,” said Dr. Barnard.
Premier Pallister announced the following ministerial appointments this morning, of which over half are U of M alumni:
- The Honourable Heather Stefanson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Keeper of the Great Seal of the Province of Manitoba, and Deputy Premier;
- The Honourable Cameron Friesen, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Civil Service [BEd/1995];
- The Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living [BA/1992, BComm(Hons)/1995, LLB/2003];
- The Honourable Ian Wishart, Minister of Education and Training [BSA/1976];
- The Honourable Scott Fielding, Minister of Families [BA (Adv)/1995];
- The Honourable Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Infrastructure;
- The Honourable Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations;
- The Honourable Cathy Cox, Minister of Sustainable Development;
- The Honourable Cliff Cullen, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade [DipAgric/1984];
- The Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture;
- The Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women [Ext.Ed./1997]; and
- The Honourable Ron Schuler, Minister of Crown Services [BA/1985].
Premier Pallister also announced that Minister Goertzen will be the government house leader and Jon Reyes, MLA for St. Norbert, has been appointed the military envoy.
The U of M will work closely with Premier Pallister and new members of cabinet in advancing the University’s strategic priorities and the Front and Centre Campaign.