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Kelvin Goertzen has been named as the interim leader of Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative Party, and will be sworn in as interim premier on Wednesday.

The decision was made Tuesday evening by the Progressive Conservative caucus.

Goertzen will be replacing Brian Pallister, who is officially stepping down as premier on Wednesday.

Political scientist Chris Adams told CTV News it is unlikely the new interim premier will be making any big changes.

“Whoever is the interim leader serving as the premier would be stepping in without really having gone to the electorate,” Adams said. “I doubt that person will be doing radically different things than what Premier Pallister had been doing.”

Goertzen was first elected as the MLA for Steinbach in 2003 and has been re-elected ever since. Goertzen has previously served as the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living and the Minister of Education.

Goertzen will remain in the role until a new leader is chosen on October 30.

Former health minister Heather Stefanson, former federal MP Shelly Glover and McPhillips MLA Shannon Martin are running for the leadership position.



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