October 16, 2006

Manitoba's Doer unveils new cabinet

WINNIPEG, MAN-As a leadup to the opening of the fall session of the Manitoba legislature, Premier Gary Doer announced the creation of a new infrastructure department, along with a number of notable cabinet changes. Ron Lemieux has been named Minister for the new department, which will be responsible for managing the province's major infrastructure projects and programs such as the Red River floodway, the Water Services Board and the Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure Program. Christine Melnick is the new Minister for Water Stewardship, replacing Steve Ashton, who has been named Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs with responsibility for emergency measures. Mines have been added to the Energy, Science and Technology portfolio, with Jim Rondeau named Minister; he replaces Dave Chomiak, who is the new Attorney General and government house leader. Stan Struthers remains as Conservation Minister. The legislative session will open with the speech from the throne on November 15.

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