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News Release - Manitoba

November 3, 2021


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New Vision will Focus on Health and Well-being of Manitobans: Stefanson

The Manitoba government will unveil its new vision for a strong economic and social recovery focused on the health and well-being of all Manitobans in a speech from the throne expected to be delivered on Nov. 23, Premier Heather Stefanson announced today.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created and exposed new challenges in our health-care system and our economy, and our team is committed to taking immediate action to address these challenges,” said Stefanson. “I am truly excited and optimistic about the future of our province and I look forward to unveiling our agenda – focused on reconciliation, health care, education, the economy and jobs – for a healthier and stronger post-pandemic Manitoba.”

As a top priority, the premier noted a task force to clear the surgical and diagnostic backlogs and to enhance Manitoba’s intensive care unit (ICU) capacity will be established in the coming weeks.

The first sitting of the fourth session of the 42nd legislature is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23 with the throne speech. The session will rise on Dec. 2, Stefanson added.

“I am dedicated to listening, engaging and collaborating with Indigenous leaders, other levels of government, business leaders and entrepreneurs, cultural and faith groups and everyday Manitobans as we emerge from this pandemic and work together to build a bright future for all,” said Stefanson.

Additionally, the premier announced her senior leadership team:

  • Jordan Sisson – chief of staff;
  • Bonnie Staples-Lyon, senior advisor to the premier;  
  • Sean Kavanagh– director of communications and planning; and
  • Brad Salyn –director of policy.

Kelvin Goertzen resumes his role as deputy premier, minister of legislative and public affairs, and government house leader, Stefanson noted.

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