Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen is keeping his role as Education Minister for our province.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister today welcomed members of Manitoba's Executive Council in a swearing-in ceremony conducted by Chief Justice Richard Chartier.

(Kelvin Goertzen at Wednesday morning's swearing-in ceremony)Springfield-Ritchot MLA Ron Schuler remains Minister of Infrastructure. In a new appointment, La Verendrye MLA Dennis Smook has been named Legislative Assistant to Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler.

Reg Helwer, MLA for Brandon West, was sworn in as minister for the new Department of Central Services, which is designed to focus on modernization of government services including procurement, information technology and shared services; and is the minister responsible for the Civil Service Commission.

Sarah Guillemard, MLA for Fort Richmond, was sworn in as minister for the new Department of Conservation and Climate, a single department charged with environmental and climate stewardship. The department is responsible for ensuring responsible growth including delivery of the made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, and Efficiency Manitoba.

Pallister also announced additional changes to ministries and new portfolios for the following ministers:
• Ralph Eichler (MLA for Lakeside) will be the minister of the new Department of Economic Development and Training, which will be focused on economic development combined with post-secondary education and training to create synergies and alignment between learning and the jobs that will drive the economy.
• Blaine Pedersen (MLA for Midland) will be the minister of the new Department of Agriculture and Resource Development, an expanded department focused on agriculture and natural resources, including watershed districts, GROW programming, forestry, mining, fish and wildlife management.
• Rochelle Squires (MLA for Riel) will be the new minister for the Department of Municipal Relations, and minister responsible for Francophone Affairs.
• Jeff Wharton (MLA for Red River North) will retain his responsibilities as the Minister for the Department of Crown Services.
• Cathy Cox (MLA for Kildonan-River East) will be the new minister responsible for the status of women in addition to her current duties as minister for the Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage.

In addition to these changes, the following MLAs were given additional responsibilities:
• Len Isliefson (MLA for Brandon East) has been named legislative assistant to the minister of health, seniors and active living.
• Scott Johnston (MLA for Assiniboia) has been named legislative assistant to the minister of finance.

The following MLAs remain in their current portfolios:
• Brian Pallister (MLA for Fort Whyte) – Premier and president of the Executive Council; Minister of intergovernmental affairs;
• Heather Stefanson (MLA for Tuxedo) – Department of Families; Deputy Premier;
• Cam Friesen (MLA for Morden-Winkler) – Department of Health, Seniors and Active Living;
• Cliff Cullen (MLA for Spruce Woods) – Department of Justice and Attorney General;
• Kelvin Goertzen (MLA for Steinbach) – Department of Education;
• Eileen Clarke (MLA for Agassiz) – Department of Indigenous and Northern Relations; and
• Scott Fielding (MLA for Kirkfield Park) – Department of Finance.

The following MLAs retain their current legislative responsibilities:
• Ian Wishart (MLA for Portage la Prairie) – legislative assistant to the Minister of Education;
• Andrew Smith (MLA for Lagimodiere) – legislative assistant to the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage; and
• Janice Morley-Lecomte (MLA for Seine River) – legislative assistant to the Minister of Families.

As part of the delivery of the government's commitment to improving the province's competitiveness and fulfilment of its Manitoba Works 40,000 jobs plan, Pallister says his government will continue its focus on economic development through a better alignment of resources across departments. Changes include new synergies to unlock economic opportunities, advance workforce development and increase the competitiveness of Manitoba.