New Democratic Party of Manitoba leadership elections

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The New Democratic Party of Manitoba has held five leadership conventions to select a party leader since its founding in 1961. In each instance, the leader was chosen by secret-ballot voting among delegates. The results of these votes are listed below.

1961 leadership convention[edit]

(Held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 4, 1961)

Candidate Result
Russell Paulley winner
Cliff Matthews .
Hans Fries .

Paulley's victory was reported in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 6, 1961. The numerical totals were not released, although is generally accepted that Paulley won by a significant majority. In 1968, he was challenged for the party leadership by fellow legislator Sidney Green.

1968 leadership challenge[edit]

(Held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 3, 1968)

Candidate Votes %
Russell Paulley 213 55.91
Sidney Green 168 44.09
Total Valid Votes 381 100.00

(Results taken from the Globe and Mail, 4 November 1968.)

Paulley resigned as party leader in 1969.

1969 leadership convention[edit]

(Held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 7, 1969)

Candidate Votes %
Edward Schreyer 506 74.08
Sidney Green 177 25.92
Total Valid Votes 683 100.00

(Results taken from the Globe and Mail, 9 June 1969.)

Schreyer resigned as party leader in January 1979, after being appointed Governor-General of Canada on the advice of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. In the same month, Howard Pawley was chosen as interim leader of the NDP's legislative caucus, defeating Sidney Green and Saul Cherniack in a closed-session vote.

1979 leadership convention[edit]

(Held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 4, 1979)

Candidate Votes %
Howard Pawley 467 63.36
Muriel Smith 217 29.44
Russell Doern 53 7.19
Total Valid Votes 737 100.00

A fourth candidate, Nick Ternette, withdrew from the contest on November 2, 1979 and backed Muriel Smith.

(Results taken from the Globe and Mail, 5 November 1979).

Pawley resigned as leader in 1988, after his government lost a vote of confidence in the legislature. He continued to serve as premier in a caretaker government, and the NDP held a snap leadership convention in the opening weeks of the 1988 provincial election.

1988 leadership convention[edit]

(Held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 30, 1988)

First ballot:

Candidate Votes %
Gary Doer 631 37.94
Len Harapiak 543 32.65
Andy Anstett 317 19.06
Maureen Hemphill 167 10.04
Conrad Santos 5 0.30
Total Valid Votes 1,663 100.00

Hemphill and Santos both fell below the 15% quota required to stay on the ballot, and were eliminated. Hemphill supported Anstett on the second ballot.

Second ballot:

Candidate Votes %
Gary Doer 744 44.93
Len Harapiak 622 37.56
Andy Anstett 290 17.51
Total Valid Votes 1,656 100.00

Anstett was eliminated. Both Anstett and Hemphill supported Harapiak on the third ballot.

Third ballot:

Candidate Votes %
Gary Doer 835 50.64
Len Harapiak 814 49.36
Total Valid Votes 1,649 100.00

(Results taken from the Globe and Mail and Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 1988.)

Gary Doer lead the Manitoba NDP until 2009. He served as premier of Manitoba from 1999 until 2009. He is now the Canadian Ambassador to the United States.

2009 leadership convention[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Greg Selinger 1,317 65.75
Steve Ashton 685 34.20
Total Valid Votes 2,002 100.00

Greg Selinger became leader and was sworn in as Premier on October 19, 2009.

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