Small Manitoba cabinet shuffle includes replacement for Indigenous relations

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has appointed a new minister of Indigenous relations to replace Eileen Clarke, who resigned after the premier's comments on Canadian history.

Pallister has named Alan Lagimodiere to the portfolio.

Lagimodiere, who is Métis, was first elected in 2016 and has not been in cabinet until now.

Pallister has also removed Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen from cabinet and is moving Economic Development Minister Ralph Eichler into the agriculture portfolio.

Jon Reyes is being promoted from the backbenches to take the economic development title.

Clarke's resignation from cabinet is the first open criticism of Pallister since the Progressive Conservatives were elected in 2016.

Clarke says her voice, and that of others in cabinet, were not being heard and change is necessary.

Pallister came under fire from Indigenous leaders last week for saying people who came to Canada did not come to destroy anything, but to build communities, churches and businesses.

The Canadian Press

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