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Lord we lift Hon. James Allum up to you today. As James works towards a better Manitoba for future generations. We pray for wisdom, courage and encouragement for him throughout his daily decisions. May you bless him, his wife and family as he serves. We ask this in Jesus name, Amen

Minister of justice and attorney general
Minister responsible for constitutional affairs
Minister charged with the administration of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation Act

“Strong neighbourhoods create a strong
Manitoba. I’m looking forward to working with Greg Selinger and Today’s
NDP to continue making Manitoba an even better place to live, work and
raise a family.”

  • First appointed to cabinet in 2013
  • First elected in 2011
  • Well known advocate for civic heritage, urban sustainability, public education and community development

James was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fort
Garry-Riverview on October 4, 2011 following a fifteen-year career with
the City of Winnipeg. He was appointed Minister of Education and
Advanced Learning by Premier Greg Selinger on October 18, 2013.
James moved to Winnipeg in 1996 to work at the City of Winnipeg
Archives, which houses one of the finest municipal archival collections
in Canada. In 2001, James joined the CAO (Chief Administrative Officer)
Secretariat where he served in a variety of positions including
Corporate Projects Officer, Executive Assistant and Policy Advisor to
the CAO, Acting Environmental Coordinator, and Senior Consultant in
Strategic Management. His last post was as the Manager of Aboriginal
Initiatives in the Office of the CAO.
James completed a BA and MA at Trent University in Peterborough,
where he won the Governor General’s Gold Medal for Academic Achievement
in 1988. He holds a PhD in Canadian and Environmental History from
Queen’s University. In addition to writing the first PhD thesis in
Environmental History at Queen’s, he has published a variety of articles
and book reviews over the years.
James is active in the local academic, educational, heritage and
political communities. He taught part-time in the Department of History
at the University of Winnipeg from 1999 to 2006 and served as Chair of
the Manitoba Heritage Council from 2002 to 2006. In 2008, he was named
Chair of the Council on Post-secondary Education for the Province of
He is a former board member of the Riverview Community Club and
convener for Riverview in the Pembina Trail Hockey Association. He is
also the founder of the Connecting Communities Project, which encourages
mutual aid and support between neighbourhoods in Winnipeg. A well-known
advocate for active transportation and green commuting, James is also
an avid sports fan and participant with an intense interest in hockey,
baseball, football, and golf.
He and his wife Susan have three adult children and are proud to call Winnipeg home.