Theresa Oswald

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The Honourable
Theresa Oswald
Minister of Jobs and the Economy
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 18, 2013
PremierGreg Selinger
Preceded byPeter Bjornson
Minister of Health
In office
September 21, 2006 – October 18, 2013
PremierGary Doer
Preceded byTim Sale
Succeeded byErin Selby
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 3, 2003
Preceded byLouise Dacquay
ConstituencySeine River
Minister of Healthy Living
In office
October 12, 2004 – September 21, 2006
PremierGary Doer
Preceded byJim Rondeau
Personal details
Political partyNew Democratic Party
OccupationVice-principal
High school English teacher
 
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The Honourable
Theresa Oswald
Minister of Jobs and the Economy
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 18, 2013
PremierGreg Selinger
Preceded byPeter Bjornson
Minister of Health
In office
September 21, 2006 – October 18, 2013
PremierGary Doer
Preceded byTim Sale
Succeeded byErin Selby
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 3, 2003
Preceded byLouise Dacquay
ConstituencySeine River
Minister of Healthy Living
In office
October 12, 2004 – September 21, 2006
PremierGary Doer
Preceded byJim Rondeau
Personal details
Political partyNew Democratic Party
OccupationVice-principal
High school English teacher

Theresa Oswald is a popular and successful politician in Manitoba, Canada. She is a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Oswald was born and raised in St. Vital, Manitoba, and was a teacher and school administrator for fifteen years before entering politics. She initially taught English, later serving as vice-principal at Victor Mager School in the Louis Riel Division. In the latter capacity, she frequently worked with children and families who arrived in Canada from war-ravaged countries. Oswald has also been involved in local groups such as the Victoria Hospital, the Zoological Society of Manitoba and Take Pride Winnipeg!.

Oswald was part of the NDP's historic breakthrough in south-end Winnipeg in the provincial election of 2003, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Louise Dacquay in the riding of Seine River, 4,314 votes to 3,582. The NDP had never won this riding before. Oswald's campaign focused on greater access to post-secondary education and a tuition freeze for university students.

In August 2004, Oswald was appointed to lead a task-force committee looking for ways to encourage physical activity in the province's youth.

Oswald was appointed as a cabinet minister in Gary Doer's government on October 12, 2004, serving as the Minister responsible for Healthy Living, Seniors and Healthy Child Manitoba. In 2006, she was promoted to Minister of Health, where she introduced bold new initiatives such as making a family doctor available to every Manitoban, new investments in women's and maternal health, promoted organ donation and introduced groundbreaking legislation to require life-saving heart defibrillators in public places. Her work to improve cancer care, including making all cancer drugs available to patients at no charge, was celebrated by the Canadian Cancer Society with a Diamond Jubilee medal.

She was re-elected with an increased majority in the 2007 provincial election.

In 2013 she was again promoted to lead the government's new flagship department of Jobs and the Economy, where she has since focused on expanding access to training programs to help increase the supply of skilled workers, expanded supports for start-ups and young entrepreneurs and introduced an historic boost to housing benefits for those on social assistance and the working poor.

Electoral results[edit]

Manitoba general election, 2007: Seine River
PartyCandidateVotes%∆%Expenditures
    New DemocratTheresa Oswald5,78656.89$27,615.58
    Progressive ConservativeSteve Andjelic3,27532.20$31,015.94
LiberalJennifer Lukovich1,11110.88$4,915.77
Total valid votes10,172100.00
Rejected and declined ballots41
Turnout10,21363.35
Electors on the lists16,147

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