Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister Shuffles Deputy Ministers


Manitoba Legislative Building

Yesterday Premier Brian Pallister announced several changes to the senior ranks of Manitoba’s civil service. For the first time gender parity was exceeded in the Deputy Minister ranks, with a record number of female deputies.

David McLaughlin remained as clerk of the executive council, but intergovernmental affairs was added to his responsibilities. Of note, Tracey Maconachie moved in as deputy minister of economic development and training. Tracey was formerly the President of the Bioscience Association of Manitoba. Also Jeff Hnatiuk, the current President and CEO of Sport Manitoba, will be moving into government as the deputy minister of sport, culture and heritage.

Elliot Sims was named deputy minister of regulatory accountability and associate clerk of the executive council for legislative and regulatory affairs. As the former Manitoba director for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Elliot is well-versed in red tape issues and highlights the government’s focus on reducing the regulatory burden on business.


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