honourable member for St. Johns constituency is. He carries a great
responsibility in caring for our province to ensure things are handled justly
and equitably. May he not only look to you for guidance but may he also learn
to lean upon you for strength. Keep him healthy in his body, mind and soul. As
he could often be the target manipulations and bribes help him see through these
tactics so that the office he represents and his own reputation will be with
out repute. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Gord was first elected the MLA for St. Johns in 1993 and re-elected in five straight elections. He has served as the government house leader, minister of Justice and attorney general, minister of Family Services and Housing and minister of Family Services and Consumer Affairs. In January 2011, Premier Greg Selinger appointed Gord minister of Conservation.
In addition to crime fighting focused on auto theft and organized crime, Gord has accomplished much on behalf of children and families. His focus on children has helped produce child victim-friendly court facilities and strict new child support laws. He has helped lead successful provincial and national efforts to strengthen child protection laws and fight sexual exploitation, launched the historic Family Choices five-year expansion of child care and an overhaul of child welfare called Changes for Children. He co-chairs the province’s AllAboard poverty reduction strategy. Gord also introduced “Let’s Make a Better Deal – Manitoba’s Plan for Stronger Consumer Protection”.
More About Gord
- Worked for the Manitoba and Canadian Human Rights Commissions and was later Deputy Clerk of the Manitoba Legislature.
- As a lawyer with the Winnipeg law firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman, was involved in environmental issues and notably was advisor to Elijah Harper during the Meech Lake constitutional crisis.
- Has degrees in political studies and law.
- Lives in Winnipeg’s North End with his wife Margaret and their children.