WINNIPEG—Manitoba premier Heather Stefanson announced Dec. 30 that Reg Hewler has been appointed as Manitoba’s minister of infrastructure and minister responsible for the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO).
Helwer is currently the minister of central services and will continue to hold those responsibilities in addition to Manitoba Infrastructure and EMO.
“I am confident in minister Helwer’s ability, dedication and leadership skills to take on the new role as Manitoba faces a surge in COVID-19 cases and Manitobans are asked to take every possible step to help limit the spread of this virus, including getting fully vaccinated, limiting their close contacts and following the fundamentals and public health orders,” Stefanson said in a statement.
“It is an honour to accept this appointment and I look forward to continuing to support our whole-of-government approach to protect Manitobans and our health-care system during this difficult time,” Helwer said.
Stefanson thanked Ron Schuler for his five years of service as a cabinet minister in various portfolios and said a cabinet shuffle is expected in early 2022. Schuler has not confirmed if he is vaccinated against COVID-19, citing civil liberty concerns, and was removed from cabinet by Stefanson.