Turtle Mountain MLA Doyle Piwniuk hwas first elected in 2014 and this week’s cabinet shuffle resulted in Piwniuk getting his first cabinet portfolio.

Doyle Piwniuk has been serving as deputy speaker of the legislature for several years. Now he is Maniotoba’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“I was in opposition for two years learning the ropes and when we formed government in 2016 I got the duties of deputy speaker and I held that position ever since we came into power. Now I’m looking forward to my new role with the province.”

Since the cabinet shuffle on Tuesday Piwniuk has been busy meeting with department staff as he works to get himself up to speed on the portfolio.

“The post covid era and economic development will rely heavily on investing money into needed infrastructure which will happen us in rural Manitoba and also as Winnipeg continues to expand out towards the perimeter. We need to make sure out infrastructure keeps up with our population growth and economic activity” said Piwniuk.

Now that he’s a government minister Piwniuk will have to balance his time between constituency duties and his work as Transportation and Infrastructure Minister. “I’ll have department staff and I will also have one or two people to help out with constituency work. I hope to have dedicated Fridays to meet with constituents and groups to make sure they get scheduled into my time table.

A graduate of Red River College, Piwniuk worked as a pension fund accountant before moving to Virden to become a business partner at a local insurance firm. He has acquired several professional designations during his career, including certified financial planner (CFP), elder planning counselor (EPC) and the Insurance Institute of Canada Branch ‘manager’ designation.