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The Hon. Steven Fletcher Statement on Cabinet Changes

July 15, 2013

The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Member of Parliament for Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia – Headingley made the following statement on changes to Manitoba’s representation in Canada’s Cabinet.

“In today’s significant Cabinet shuffle, Manitoba gains two new female Ministers. I look forward to working with Ministers Glover and Bergen to make Manitoba and Canada, a better place. The Prime Minister has stated that there needs to be more women in Cabinet and in politics. I agree. Gender distribution is an important part of any cabinet composition.

“I will stand for re-election in 2015. I am thoroughly enjoying being a Member of Parliament. I look forward to continue to champion causes that are to the benefit the constituents that I am most fortunate to represent.

“Since 2008, I served in the Federal Cabinet as a Minister of State (Democratic Reform) and Minister of State (Transport). I have also been a member of several important Cabinet committees, including four years on Treasury Board and committees that deal with the economy, sustainability and social affairs.

“For the last several years I have been the Minister responsible for numerous Crown Corporations including, Canada Post, VIA Rail, Ridley Terminals, Marine Atlantic, Blue Water Bridge Canada, and the Federal Bridge Corporation to name a few. I am thankful to everyone with whom I have worked. The experience has allowed me to broaden my horizons and understand better how Government works. As an MP, I will put this experience to good use.

“I am also pleased to have the opportunity to be the lead Minister for Manitoba for Infrastructure for the last few years. In this role, I had the opportunity to help develop the $70 billion over 10 years New Building Canada Fund; the largest infrastructure initiative in Canadian history.
“The first and foremost responsibility of any MP is to represent the constituency and this is my primary objective. I will continue to pursue projects that are in Manitoba’s interest and bring them to the National level.

 “I look forward to applying my skill set and considerable energy to new challenges and continue to represent the people who have put their faith in me.

“I wish to thank the Prime Minister for the opportunity to serve in Cabinet.”




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