Greg Selinger - New Premier of Manitoba - NDP
Gary Doer, former Premier of Manitoba announced on August 27th that he was stepping down as Premier of Manitoba. He was appointed as the new Ambassador to the United States the following day.
When a Premier steps down in Canada it results in a leadership election within that party. The newly elected leader becomes the new Premier.
Greg Selinger, who has been Manitoba's Finance Minister since 1999, has been chosen as the new Premier of Manitoba.
Greg Selinger consolidated his win, by receiving 1317 votes, while his contender Steve Ashton received 685. Greg Selinger is 58 and represents the riding of St. Boniface, a suburb of Winnipeg.
Biography of Greg Selinger
Greg Selinger, Manitoba's finance minister since 1999, has been chosen to become the province's next premier.
Provincial NDP delegates at a convention in Winnipeg voted Saturday to select Selinger as the party's new leader, succeeding Gary Doer.
As leader of the governing party, he becomes premier.
Selinger, 58, edged fellow caucus member Steve Ashton, 53, in the vote of 2,003 delegates at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Ashton is a longtime MLA and cabinet member.
Of the ballots cast, Selinger won 1,317 and Ashton 685. One ballot was spoiled, party officials said.
Doer announced Aug. 27 he was stepping down. The next day, he was appointed Canada’s next ambassador to the U.S.
Selinger, MLA for the riding of St. Boniface, has been finance minister since the New Democratic Party took power 10 years ago.
In a brief acceptance speech, Selinger told the packed house of NDP faithful that the party is coming out of the sometimes-fractious campaign more united than before.
"We will govern with warm hearts and cool minds," Selinger pledged.
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