Premier Heather Stefanson welcomed one new member to the provincial cabinet today following a swearing-in ceremony at the Manitoba Legislative Building.

Greg Nesbitt, MLA for Riding Mountain, enters cabinet as minister of natural resources and northern development.

“I am excited to welcome Greg to our cabinet team,” said Stefanson. “Minister Nesbitt is long-time business owner and community leader and understands the importance rural economic development plays in building a strong and vibrant province. I am confident Minister Nesbitt will play an important role as we continue with our efforts for economic recovery and growth and building hope and opportunity for all Manitobans.”

The premier noted Andrew Smith, MLA for Lagimodiere, will assume the role as minister responsible for the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation while continuing as minister of sport, culture and heritage and minister responsible for Travel Manitoba and the Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation.

Today’s announcement follows the resignation of former minister Scott Fielding. The premier thanked Fielding for his years of service as a cabinet minister and wished him well as he explores new opportunities in the private sector.

Greg Nesbitt was first elected as the MLA for Riding Mountain in September 2016 and re-elected in April 2019. He has previously served as the legislative assistant to the minister of health, seniors and active living. Nesbitt is a long-time business owner, community leader and volunteer, and is passionate about creating opportunities for young families to establish roots in rural Manitoba. He owned and published newspapers in the Riding Mountain area for over 40 years and has a long history of involvement with both the Manitoba and Canadian community newspapers associations. Nesbitt has served in a variety of leadership roles within the community including as a founding member of the Shoal Lake Regional Airport Authority, long-time coach and manager of various local minor and senior hockey teams, and volunteer firefighter with the Shoal Lake Fire Department. Nesbitt resides in Shoal Lake with his partner and is a proud father and grandfather.