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A look at Manitoba's new Progressive Conservative cabinet

WINNIPEG — Brian Pallister (Fort Whyte)

premier, minister of intergovernmental affairs

Pallister, 61, served as a cabinet minister in the 1990s and was later elected to the House of Commons. He returned to provincial politics in 2012 when he ran unopposed for the Progressive Conservative leadership. A graduate of Brandon University, he holds degrees in arts and education, and started a financial services company in 1980.

Heather Stefanson (Tuxedo)

Deputy premier, minister of justice and attorney general.

Stefanson has represented the Tuxedo area of Winnipeg since 2000. She is a former investment adviser with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed her financial education at the Canadian Securities Institute. She was the party's deputy leader while in opposition.


Cameron Friesen (Morden-Winkler)

Minister of finance

Friesen was elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2016. He earned degrees in music and education, and spent 12 years as a teacher. Friesen was the longtime finance critic for the Tories in opposition. He is an avid runner.


Kelvin Goertzen (Steinbach)

Minister of health, seniors and active living

Goertzen has been in the legislature since 2003 and has degrees from the University of Manitoba in economics, commerce and law. He has served as vice-president of both the Steinbach Arts Council and the Steinbach Food Bank. Widely regarded as the Tories' best debater, he was house leader and justice critic in opposition.


Ian Wishart (Portage La Prairie)

Minister of education and training

Wishart is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He has served as president and vice-president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, a major farm lobby group. Wishart has been a legislature member since 2011 and served as critic for family services.


Scott Fielding (Kirkfield Park)

Minister of families

Fielding is a rookie legislature member but has experience on the Winnipeg police board and on city council, where he chaired the finance committee. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with an advanced bachelor of arts in economics and political studies, and owns a small business.


Blaine Pedersen (Midland)

Minister of infrastructure

Pedersen has 30 years of experience in cattle and grain farming, and has held the Midland seat since 2007. He was the Tory agriculture critic while in opposition.


Eileen Clarke (Agassiz)

Minister of indigenous and municipal relations

A rookie legislature member, Clarke has municipal experience as the former mayor of Gladstone and as a vice-president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. She was a member of the area's chamber of commerce for more than 35 years.


Cliff Cullen (Spruce Woods)

Minister of growth, enterprise and trade

Cullen has been in the legislature since 2004. He earned a diploma in agriculture from the University of Manitoba and worked in the agricultural and environmental sectors. He has served as president of the Manitoba Weed Supervisors Association and as provincial manager of the Association for a Clean Rural Environment.


Cathy Cox (River East)

Minister of sustainable development

A rookie legislature member, Cox served in the 1990s as a special assistant to Bonnie Mitchelson, the former minister of family services. Cox has volunteered for groups such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba and the Canadian Cancer Society. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work.


Ralph Eichler (Lakeside)

Minister of agriculture

Eichler has been a legislature member since 2003. He is a business owner and former administrator for the Interlake School Division. He has volunteered for groups including the Teulon and Area Lions Club and the Stonewall Royal Canadian Legion.


Rochelle Squires (Riel)

Minister of sport culture and heritage, minister responsible for francophone affairs and status of women

Squires is a newly elected legislature member who ran unsuccessfully in 2011. A former journalist and Tory staffer, Squires has a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of Winnipeg, a master of fine arts from the University of British Columbia and a journalism diploma from Red River College.


Ron Schuler (St. Paul)

Minister of Crown services

Schuler is one of the longest-serving Tories, having been first elected in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in international relations and has served as a trustee with the River East School Division. Schuler ran unsuccessfully for the Tory leadership in 2006 and held a variety of critic duties, including for the provincial lotteries corporation.

The Canadian Press

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