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Who is Cynthia Reyes? Manitoba official's wife clarifies snow shovel drama

Yasmine Leung January 11, 2022
screenshot, YouTube - Manitoba PC Caucus

Manitoba politician Jon Reyes suffered backlash for uploading a photo of his wife, Cynthia Reyes, shovelling snow after she’d just got home from a 12-hour night shift. However, his wife defended him stating the situation had been blown out of proportion. So what’s going on?

Canadian politician Jon Reyes landed himself in hot water after uploading what was intended to be an endearing post showing gratitude towards his wife. Now he’s gone viral after being accused of being the husband who allowed his spouse to do laborious work after a long shift.

In the words of Cynthia Reyes herself, however, that accusation is “far from the truth”.

Some have poked fun at the politician through memes, while others are claiming it’s a case of gender equality.

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Who is Cynthia Reyes?

Cynthia Reyes is a Winnipeg native of Filipino ethnicity. Her father was sponsored by his older siblings to move to Canada, while her mother was one of the first waves of Filipino registered nurses.

She studied at Dakota Collegiate High School and then at the University of Manitoba.

Before her job in nursing, Cynthia owned a UPS store in Kenaston Common from 2000 to 2018 – her second business.

As an entrepreneur, she is a member of several business organisations in her community such as Women Business Owners Of Manitoba, and Manitoba Filipino Business Council – her husband founded the latter and is president.

Cynthia married Jon Reyes on 5 August 2000 after dating for nine years. The couple have two children – daughter Reyna (about 19 years old), and son Miguel (about 15).

Reyes responds to snow-shovelling drama

Social media users are quick to judge so, to avoid any further misunderstanding, Reyes took to her personal Facebook page to address the snow-shovelling criticism.

She explains shovelling was a way for her to “decompress” after a long shift since the morning hours are quiet and peaceful. Most importantly, though, she enjoys it.

Reyes emphasised her family shared chores and the tweet wouldn’t have gone viral if “the gender roles were reversed”.

Overall, she explains the negative effects of social media and how things can get blown out of proportion.

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The politician also responded to the drama with a photo of him and his wife – in the snow, of course!

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.