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Malaya Marcelino sworn in as

Manitoba Minister of Labour & Immigration

Hon. Malaya Marcelino, MB Minister of Labour and Immigration. Photo by Doug Little

Filipina Canadian Malaya Marcelino (MLA for Notre Dame) was named the new minister of labour and immigration.

“As the Minister of Labour and Immigration, I want to ensure Manitoba workers receive a fair wage and are treated with dignity and respect so that every Manitoban can feel proud. I want new Canadians who come to our province to have the support they need to find meaningful work in the careers they trained for and build a good life here in Manitoba,” said Minister Marcelino.

The 34 New Democratic candidates elected on October 3 were officially sworn in as Members of the Legislative Assembly on Monday, October 23.

“Manitobans from all walks of life came together to elect a new government in our province,

and I’m very proud of the people for embracing a message of unity, positivity for the future and rejecting division,” declared Premier Wab Kinew, Manitoba’s 25th premier and first First Nations premier of a Canadian province, during the ceremony at the Manitoba legislature attended by the families and friends.

The new cabinet also includes another Filipina Canadian, Radisson MLA Jelynn Dela Cruz, the youngest woman ever to be elected as an MLA at 23 years of age in Manitoba.

And for the first time, Manitoba’s cabinet includes First Nations women: Nahanni Fontaine, the new families minister, and Bernadette Smith, minister of housing, addictions, and homelessness. Uzoma Asagwara is the new health minister and deputy premier of Manitoba.