The Hon. Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba: Facing the Storm11:45am-1:30pm | Hilton Toronto - 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto
After being elected by Manitobans with a record majority last April, Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government inherited a number of very serious challenges. In response to those challenges, the Pallister government is fixing Manitoba’s finances, rebuilding its services and repairing its economy.
With a business-friendly approach that is committed to eliminating needless red tape, reducing barriers to trade between jurisdictions, and working in partnership with all sectors of the economy, the Pallister government is sending a strong signal that Manitoba is once again open for business and investment.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister will discuss the challenges facing his province, the steps his government is taking to address them, and how that approach may be an example for other governments facing similar challenges.
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Premier of Manitoba
Brian Pallister is the Premier of Manitoba, the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba and the MLA for Fort Whyte. He resides in Winnipeg with his wife Esther and their two daughters, Quinn and Shawn.
Brian is an alumnus of Brandon University, with degrees in arts and education. From 1976 to 1979, he taught social studies at William Morton Collegiate in Gladstone, Manitoba. In 1980, he became a chartered financial consultant and started a financial services company that grew into Pallister Financial.
Brian entered politics in 1992 as the MLA for Portage La Prairie and became Minister of Government Services in 1995. In 2000, he was elected as the MP for Portage-Lisgar. During his 8-year tenure in Parliament, he served as chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, as well as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Trade and to the Minister of International Cooperation.
In July of 2012, Brian became leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba. He was elected as MLA for Fort Whyte four months later. On April 19, 2016, he became Manitoba’s twenty-second premier, with PC candidates winning 40 of 57 seats.
As an MLA and MP, Brian has advanced numerous public safety initiatives, fought to protect the rights of First Nations women living on reserves, and introduced tough legislation to prevent government overspending and over-taxation.
As premier, he is committed to making Manitoba Canada’s most-improved province by restoring the province to fiscal balance, strengthening the provincial economy, and improving outcomes in health care and education.
In each provincial initiative, Premier Pallister and his government are working to restore hope and optimism for the future of Manitoba, and for all Manitobans.