Winnipeg-Kelvin Goertzen will become the 23rd governor of Manitoba.
The ruling Progressive Conservative Caucus chose Goertzen as the interim party leader on Tuesday to replace Governor Brian Pallister, who is scheduled to step down on Wednesday.
“It is agreed that Kelvin Goertzen is the best person to lead us through this transitional period until a new leader is elected in the fall,” Caucus Chairman Greg Nesbitt said in a written statement.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health and Education Golzen declined to comment. He is expected to speak after taking the oath on Wednesday.
He will hold that position until the party leadership vote scheduled for October 30th.
Goertzen has been a member of the legislature since 2003 and became Pallister’s first choice for major reforms of government services.
As the Minister of Health, he was responsible for closing some emergency rooms in Winnipeg and redesigning hospital services that were supposed to reduce waiting time.
Pallister moved Goertzen to the education sector because the province launched a review aimed at improving test scores and reducing administrative costs.
The resulting plan would cancel all elected English school boards in the province, but it has met with strong public opposition. So far, all three candidates who participated in the October 30th Conservative Party leadership vote have pledged to stop reforms.
The leader of the opposition New Democratic Party, Wab Kinew, said that Goertzen should cancel the education bill.
“Since Mr. Pallister is no longer a leader, there is no point in pursuing his legislative agenda,” Kinho said.
It is unclear whether the legislature will reconvene on October 6 during Golzen’s short term.
In addition to the education bill, there are several other proposed laws to be passed, including a law designed to implement the changes announced in the provincial budget in the spring.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times