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Premier Greg Selinger appears almost ready to shuffle his cabinet.

Selinger's press secretary, Matt Williamson, said today to expect a "reset" of the cabinet before the government’s throne speech Nov. 12.

"I can’t be specific on timing but you can expect a reset in the near future that presents a strong team with a focus on helping create good jobs and new opportunities for Manitobans, while continuing to build our critical infrastructure like roads, bridges and flood protection," Williamson said in an email.

The long-rumoured shuffle will come at the halfway point of the government’s mandate. The last time Selinger shuffled his cabinet was almost two years ago.

The NDP has taken a beating in public opinion polls, mostly due to its handling of the one-percentage-point increase to the provincial sales tax announced in the spring budget.

Word of the cabinet shuffle comes as the Opposition Progressive Conservatives head into their weekend annual general meeting in Brandon.

The Tories have capitalized in popular support largely on the July 1 tax hike to eight per cent.

One of the 69 resolutions that have been tabled is that a PC government would decrease the Retail Sales Tax to seven per cent within their first term of office.

The next election is to be held in October 2015, but could be moved to April 2016 should there be a fall federal election.

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