Breaking: Filipino-Canadian Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jon Reyes named to cabinet

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Reyes one of two Filipino-Canadian member of Legislative Assembly

Teodoro Alcuitas

Editor, PhilippineCanadianNews.Com (PCN.Com)

Jon Reyes, the Conservative MLA for Waverley was named today (July 15, 2021) as minister of economic development and jobs. Reyes was elected to his first term as MLA for St. Norbert on April 19, 2016 and was subsequently appointed as Manitoba’s Special Envoy for Military Affairs.  On September 10, 2019 he was re-elected in the new constituency of Waverley.

The Canadian-born and raised Reyes served in the Canadian Forces for 10 years including a stint with the HMCS Winnipeg as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy.

An entrepreneur and community leader he and his wife Cynthia have owned and operated a successful small business in South Winnipeg before entering politics. They have two children, Reyna and Miguel. Reyes’ parents immigrated to Winnipeg 50 years ago and his father worked in the garment industry.

Reyes will help lead efforts to enhance Manitoba’s post-pandemic economic recovery in his new post.

The appointment came on the heels of a week full of controversy for the Conservative government. On Canada Day, July 1, two statues in the Manitoba Legislature grounds were toppled down during a protest march against Residential Schools.

Indigenous leaders in the province condemned the Premier’s response to the incident. Yesterday, the minister for Indigenous Relations resigned allegedly due to the Premier’s statement. Today, the new minister appointed to replace the departing minister was also in hots waters for his statement that seemed to defend the residential school system.

Reyes is one of two Filipino-Canadians in the Manitoba Legislature. Malaya Marcelino of the NDP is the other member. She is the daughter of former MLA Flor Marcelino who was a cabinet minister under the NDP government.

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