Manitoba’s new premier is expected to lay out some of his plans Wednesday afternoon.
Global News will stream the 2 p.m. press event live in this story.
Goertzen has been a legislature member since 2003, and became Pallister’s go-to person for major overhauls of government services.
As health minister, he oversaw the closure of some emergency rooms in Winnipeg and a redesign of hospital services that was supposed to reduce wait times.
Pallister moved Goertzen over to education as the province launched a review aimed at improving test scores and reducing overhead costs.
The resulting plan, which would eliminate all elected English-language school boards in the province, has run into staunch public opposition. All three candidates to date for the Oct. 30 Tory leadership vote have promised to stop the reform in its tracks.
After Goertzen’s appointment was announced Tuesday, Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said the new leader should kill the education bill.
“There’s no sense pursuing Mr. Pallister’s legislative agenda now that he is no longer the leader,” Kinew said.
It is unclear whether the legislature will reconvene on schedule Oct. 6 during Goertzen’s brief tenure.
Aside from the education bill, there are several other proposed laws waiting to be passed, including one to enact changes announced in the provincial budget in the spring.
Goertzen is expected to be in the premier’s chair for about eight weeks, until a leadership vote scheduled for Oct. 30.
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