Don Morgan has been appointed as Minister of Education to replace Russ Marchuk in a cabinet minister change announced by Premier Brad Wall.
In addition to serving as Minister of Education, Morgan will continue to serve as Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.
“Education is a high priority for our government and Don Morgan brings a proven track record not only as an experienced minister in our government, but also as a member and former Chair of the Saskatoon Public School Board,” Wall said.
Rob Norris returns to cabinet as Minister of Advanced Education, a portfolio he held previously.
“Rob Norris is extremely well-respected in the post-secondary community in Saskatchewan and his previous experience gives me confidence that he will quickly be up to speed on his responsibilities,” Wall said.
The cabinet changes stem from Marchuk advising the Premier earlier this week that he wanted to continue working on the education file but not in the lead role as Minister.
“The demands of a cabinet position are onerous, especially in a large portfolio like Education,” Marchuk said. “While I fully support the direction our government is taking in education, our government’s education agenda is entering a crucial period that will require significant resources that I feel I am not able to provide at this time.”
Wall said he respects Marchuk for putting the interests of students and the education system first.
“I have not met anyone who is more dedicated to students and their education than Russ Marchuk,” Wall said. “Russ told me he wants to play a role, just not the lead role. That’s why I am appointing him Legislative Secretary to the new Minister of Education.”