Heather Stefanson is Manitoba’s new Premier

Written by Terese Gorman, CNN Eshan Abbas, CNN Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Written by Terese Gorman, CNN Eshan Abbas, CNN Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Heather Stefanson, Manitoba’s newly elected premier, aims to build on her predecessor…

Heather Stefanson is Manitoba's new Premier

Written by Terese Gorman, CNN Eshan Abbas, CNN Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Written by Terese Gorman, CNN Eshan Abbas, CNN Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Heather Stefanson, Manitoba’s newly elected premier, aims to build on her predecessor Brian Pallister’s work on making the province more efficient.

Earlier this year, Pallister announced the province had eliminated its deficit, due to better than expected revenue, after mismanagement led to a deficit over $1 billion in 2013.

Now Stefanson said she is “looking forward to implementing all of the growth strategies that have already been agreed on.”

The province’s new government must also look ahead to natural disasters such as pipeline explosion, which hit the province’s west coast on Saturday. The province has already seen 9 oil spills since 2011, resulting in $74 million in damages. Stefanson has called for a review of the province’s response to such disasters.

While Pallister was due to step down as premier and finance minister, Stefanson has pledged to preserve his legacy.

“We will be building on the strong foundation of a strong economy that has put Manitoba on the map internationally. We will be continuing that difficult process of dealing with the opioid crisis in our province and increase programs to address it, while ensuring we invest in front line services to help meet the needs of Manitobans and save lives,” Stefanson said in a statement on Twitter.

Originally from the western province of Alberta, Stefanson, 53, is an advocate for environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation.

Below, learn more about the new premier.

9 oil spills in the past five years

The province of Manitoba’s new premier, Heather Stefanson, previously worked as a police officer. She now hopes to introduce a review into how the province’s response to oil spills have improved since 2010.

Investments in schools

Before becoming premier, Stefanson worked in the education sector, serving as executive director of public safety and justice systems at the Queen Elizabeth School of School, in Winnipeg. Since then, the province plans to double the number of school spaces in the province, given the influx of young children.

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