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Statement from Premier Selinger
Last week I had direct conversations with members of my team who have chosen another path. In those conversations I made it clear: either focus on the priorities of Manitoba families as a part of our team, or resign. I am saddened by the decisions they've made. I wish to thank each for their contributions toward building a better province.
In 2011, Manitobans elected a dedicated, diverse and experienced group of New Democrat MLAs, representative of every region of our province, with experience in a wide variety of fields.
I will appoint a new cabinet from this talented team. Our government will remain focused on the priorities of all Manitobans - creating jobs and opportunities, investing in infrastructure and protecting services. The new cabinet will be sworn in today.
For some time, it has been increasingly difficult to do our jobs because the premier has stopped listening to our advice. This has been the case since we privately discussed, at his invitation, our concerns about his leadership.
In recent weeks and months, it has become clear to us that he is increasingly being driven by his desire to hold onto his leadership rather than by the best interests of Manitobans.
To do their jobs, ministers need to be able to speak up honestly in cabinet and disagree with the premier at times without fear that speaking their minds on some points will mean their voices are ignored on the things that are important to Manitobans. Increasingly, in the last few months, this has not been the case.
Our decision to resign is not because of any single issue or a single decision. It is because we can no longer work with a premier who refuses to hear us. He refuses to hear us not just on the leadership issue, but also on a wide range of issues in our portfolios.
There are many important issues and there is much work to do. But we cannot work together on the priorities of Manitobans if we cannot be honest with the premier.
We are proud of many accomplishments on behalf of Manitobans during our time in cabinet. Many of these achievements are owed to the premier, and it is extremely difficult for us to leave other work unfinished. However, remaining in cabinet with integrity is no longer an option.
We will continue to serve as MLAs and to work for our constituents. We will continue to be New Democrats, because that is the party whose values we share.
We thank the premier for the opportunity to serve in cabinet. Our resignations take effect as soon as a smooth transition can be arranged. We will, of course, offer whatever information and assistance is needed to those who take our places.
Our motivation to run for office was to make life better for all Manitobans, but especially those with the least. That remains our motivation, and that is why we believe the stakes could not be higher in the next election.
Everybody who runs in an election knows they might not win. Winning elections isn’t about getting a big office or a fancy title. For us, winning elections is about winning the right to stand up for the very people who would be most hurt by a Brian Pallister government. And that is what has motivated us and will continue to motivate us in the days and weeks and months ahead.
Minister of Finance
MLA Fort Rouge
Minister of Justice
Minister for Jobs and the Economy
MLA Seine River
Minister of Municipal Government
Minister of Health