June 17, 2019

Winnipeg
12° C, Light rain showers

Full Forecast

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Cabinet shuffle or scuffle?

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 13/1/2012 (2711 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Boy, I’d like to be a fly on the wall in the NDP caucus room.

I can only imagine what some NDP MLAs are thinking with Premier Greg Selinger’s cabinet shuffle made Friday.

Sure, everyone put on a smiley face for the swearing-in of the new ministers or those who were just switching offices.

But you’ve got to wonder what some of them are thinking inside, to be passed over again for a cabinet post and that bump in pay and prestige.

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

Join free for 30 days

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

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Keep reading free:

I agree to the Terms and Conditions, Cookie and Privacy Policies, and CASL agreement.

 

Already have an account?

Log in here »

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 30 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 (2711 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Boy, I’d like to be a fly on the wall in the NDP caucus room.

I can only imagine what some NDP MLAs are thinking with Premier Greg Selinger’s cabinet shuffle made Friday.

Sure, everyone put on a smiley face for the swearing-in of the new ministers or those who were just switching offices.

But you’ve got to wonder what some of them are thinking inside, to be passed over again for a cabinet post and that bump in pay and prestige.

People like Brandon East MLA Drew Caldwell, Rossmere’s Erna Braun, The Maples' Mohinder Saran or Frank Whitehead in The Pas.

Sure, Saran and Caldwell, plus Tom Nevakshonoff, Greg Dewar, Rob Altemeyer and Sharon Blady, were recently made legislative assistants to senior ministers. The title carries some added responsibilities, but it doesn’t put them that much closer to making the big decisions around the cabinet table.

I bet each of them and others had to swallow a bit watching newly-elected Kevin Chief getting a cabinet post tailor-made to his talents; the post of children and youth opportunities. Chief is a perfect fit for the job of championing things like keeping kids in school and giving them a leg up in the world, but is his new assignment a sign some NDP ministers have gone beyond their best-before date?

The three key words in the government’s news release on the shuffle are found at the end of the last sentence: "create new energy."

I realize the next election is four years away and the opposition right now is as limp as a dead eel, but if Selinger wants to continue creating that new energy some of the more long-in-the-tooth NDP cabinet ministers need to draw up their retirement plans within the next couple of years. That will allow them to ease back and allow the young bloods waiting in the wings to move up and get some experience.

The NDP’s bullpen is full of ambitious folks, but I guess that’s the drawback to having 37 seats. You can only keep everyone singing from the same page for so long before someone goes out of tune.

bruce.owen@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

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?

By submitting your comment, you agree to abide by our Community Standards and Moderation Policy. These guidelines were revised effective February 27, 2019. Have a question about our comment forum? Check our frequently asked questions.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us