October 20, 2018

Winnipeg
0° C, Overcast

Full Forecast

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Rookies join cabinet in shuffle

Chief, Kostyshyn to lead youth, ag departments

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 13/1/2012 (2471 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A political rookie and rising NDP star was named to cabinet Friday in a portfolio that appeared to play to his strengths.

Point Douglas MLA Kevin Chief, who has spent his career working with youths, was one of two new ministers who will now sit in Premier Greg Selinger's inner circle. He takes the helm of the new Department of Children and Youth Opportunities.

Another rookie MLA, but an old hand at municipal politics from western Manitoba, also got promoted. Ron Kostyshyn (Swan River), a cattle rancher from Ethelbert, takes over as agriculture minister.

"I'm very excited and very humbled for this opportunity," Chief told reporters after a swearing-in at the legislative building Friday. As he spoke, he held his 15-month-old son, Hayden, who silently observed the crush of reporters and couldn't resist grabbing their microphones.

Get the full story.
No credit card required. Cancel anytime.

Join free for 60 days

After that, pay as little as $0.99 per month for the best local news coverage in Manitoba.

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Join free for 60 days

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 60 day free trial.

Log in Create your account

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Mon to Sat Delivery

Pay

$34.36

per month

  • Includes all benefits of All Access Digital
  • 6-day delivery of our award-winning newspaper
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 13/1/2012 (2471 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A political rookie and rising NDP star was named to cabinet Friday in a portfolio that appeared to play to his strengths.

Point Douglas MLA Kevin Chief, who has spent his career working with youths, was one of two new ministers who will now sit in Premier Greg Selinger's inner circle. He takes the helm of the new Department of Children and Youth Opportunities.

Kevin Chief (left) is now minister of Children and Youth Opportunities. Ron Kostyshyn is the new minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Kevin Chief (left) is now minister of Children and Youth Opportunities. Ron Kostyshyn is the new minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.

Another rookie MLA, but an old hand at municipal politics from western Manitoba, also got promoted. Ron Kostyshyn (Swan River), a cattle rancher from Ethelbert, takes over as agriculture minister.

"I'm very excited and very humbled for this opportunity," Chief told reporters after a swearing-in at the legislative building Friday. As he spoke, he held his 15-month-old son, Hayden, who silently observed the crush of reporters and couldn't resist grabbing their microphones.

Selinger said the new department will combine several functions of existing portfolios, including the government's various healthy-child initiatives.

Chief will also head the new After School Matters program, announced by the NDP during the election campaign. It's based on a Chicago program that provides job training and mentorship opportunities to high school students during school hours.

"We want opportunities for youth; we want opportunities for children," the premier said.

"We think that by organizing all the resources for young people and children in one department on the prevention side, that we can make those investments and put together those programs and activities that can prevent crime and allow young people to have opportunities to thrive in our communities."

Before running for elected office, Chief co-ordinated the University of Winnipeg's Innovative Learning Centre, developing programs for young people to increase their desire to learn. Just over a year ago, he lost a federal byelection to Liberal Kevin Lamoureux in Winnipeg North.

But he secured the NDP nomination in the safe provincial constituency of Point Douglas after George Hickes, the former Speaker of the legislature, retired.

Kostyshyn takes over the agriculture portfolio from Stan Struthers, who will retain his job as finance minister. "It's been a dream come true and I'm enjoying every minute of it," Kostyshyn said.

Selinger noted that Kostyshyn, although a rookie MLA, has 20 years of experience as a councillor and reeve and has served on the board of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.

Friday's new appointments bring the size of the Selinger cabinet to 19 — the same as before the Oct. 4 election.

Two former cabinet ministers, Rosann Wowchuk and Bill Blaikie, did not seek re-election. Their duties have been picked up by other ministers.

Progressive Conservative spokesman Kelvin Goertzen (Steinbach) said athough Selinger introduced some new faces to cabinet, it doesn't appear the NDP government's philosophy is about to change.

"Ultimately, it's a government that is still spending way beyond its means," Goertzen said, adding Selinger could have sent a message about cutting costs by reducing the size of cabinet — even by one member.

larry.kusch@freepress.mb.ca

Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch
Legislature Reporter

Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Read full biography

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us