Newly-elected Progressive Conservative MLAs Shannon Martin and Doyle Piwniuk were welcomed to the legislative building this morning — and immediately got new shadow cabinet jobs.

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Newly-elected Progressive Conservative MLAs Shannon Martin and Doyle Piwniuk were welcomed to the legislative building this morning — and immediately got new shadow cabinet jobs.

Martin will be critic for Conservation and Water Stewardship and Piwniuk will be critic for Multiculturalism and Literacy, Tory Leader Brian Pallister said.

A passerby congratulates newly elected Shannon Martin, left, and Doyle Piwniuk, centre, at the legislature this morning. They were immediately given shadow cabinet jobs by Tory Leader Brian Pallister.

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A passerby congratulates newly elected Shannon Martin, left, and Doyle Piwniuk, centre, at the legislature this morning. They were immediately given shadow cabinet jobs by Tory Leader Brian Pallister.

Both won handily in their respective ridings Tuesday night—Martin in Morris and Piwniuk in Arthur-Virden — in byelections that saw low voter turnout.

Only 27.7 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot in Morris and 33.5 per cent in Arthur-Virden.

Pallister blamed the NDP for the low turnout for calling byelection during the dark of winter. Parts of the Morris riding were also hit by last weekend’s natural gas pipeline rupture leaving many without central heat for about three days.

On voting day many stayed home for Hydro crews to get their furnaces running again.