The first batch of new and re-elected Manitoba MLAs was sworn in Wednesday, five days before a new legislative session is scheduled to begin.
All 36 Tory MLAs took their oaths of office, including two fresh faces: Audrey Gordon (Southdale) and Josh Guenter (Borderland).
Gordon made Manitoba history by becoming the first black MLA to be sworn in. The crowd of about 100 PC supporters, family members and friends applauded loudly and took to their feet.
"I am deeply honoured to have earned the trust of the constituents of Southdale," Gordon said in a written statement sent to media.
"They have given me a historic opportunity, one which I will fulfil to the very best of my ability."
Guenter, at age 25, became the youngest PC MLA ever. He called it a "privilege to represent the people of Borderland and to be part of the next generation of elected officials."
(The youngest Manitoba MLA ever was 22-year-old Edward Schreyer, who was elected in 1958 as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.)
Premier Brian Pallister was sworn in last, then addressed the audience gathered in a legislature ballroom.
"Before me today, I see the faces of hope and of potential — potential for real progress going forward in our beautiful province of Manitoba," he said.
The premier spoke of the importance of sticking together as a PC team and underscored three values they ought to share: trust, family and integrity.
Liberal and NDP MLAs will be sworn in today and on Friday, respectively.
Members will head back to the house for a brief throne speech and a new sitting Monday, when the government will reintroduce its 2019 budget, which did not pass before the provincial election was called.
— Jessica Botelho-Urbanski