Executive Council of Manitoba
Almost always made up of members of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, the Cabinet is similar in structure and role to the Cabinet of Canada while being smaller in size. As federal and provincial responsibilities differ there are a number of different portfolios between the federal and provincial governments.
The Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, as representative of the Queen in Right of Manitoba, heads the council, and is referred to as the Governor-in-Council. Other members of the Cabinet, who advise, or minister, the vice-regal, are selected by the Premier of Manitoba and appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor. Most cabinet ministers are the head of a ministry, but this is not always the case.
As at the federal level the most important Cabinet post after that of the leader is Minister of Finance. Today the next most powerful position is certainly the health portfolio which has a vast budget and is of central political import. Other powerful portfolios include Education and Energy.
The current ministry has been in place since 1999, with the formation of a government by the New Democratic Party of Manitoba after the leadership contest. This list is current as of the cabinet shuffle conducted on 21 September 2006. There was a mini-shuffle after the death of Oscar Lathlin in late 2008 and again in October 2009 after Gary Doer stepped down and Greg Selinger won the NDP leadership race, becoming the Premier.
After Greg Selinger became the Premier he changed up a lot of the ministers and ministries. There were 14 new ministers, only Gord Mackintosh, Diane McGifford, Christine Melnick, and Peter Bjornson kept their ministries. Also, some of the ministries were renamed or changed around they include:
- The former Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs became the Ministry of Local Government.
- Sport was pulled out of the Ministry of Culture, Heritage and Tourism and became its own independent ministry.
- Housing was pulled out of the Ministry of Family Services and Housing and put into the new Ministry of Housing and Community Development
- The Ministry of Family Services and Housing became the Ministry of Family Services and Consumer Affairs
- The Ministry of Education, Citizenship and Youth became the Ministry of Education
- The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines became the Ministry of Innovation, Energy and Mines
- The Ministry of Healthy Living became the Ministry of Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors
- Co-operative Development was pulled out of the Ministry of Agriculture and given its own Ministry in the responsibilities of the Community Development Minister
New responsibilities given to Ministers include:
- Aboriginal Education
- East Side Road Authority
- International Education
- Neighborhood Alive!
- Community Places
Members are listed in order of precedence.