2017 Manitoba New Democratic Party leadership election

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New Democratic Party of Manitoba leadership election, 2017
DateSeptember 16, 2017
ConventionRBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Resigning leaderGreg Selinger
Won byWab Kinew
Ballots1
Candidates2
Entrance Fee$5,000
Spending limit$75,000
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The New Democratic Party of Manitoba leadership election of 2017 was called as a result of the resignation of Manitoba NDP leader Greg Selinger following his government's defeat in the April 19, 2016 Manitoba general election.

Rules[edit]

The rules and format of the leadership election were decided by the party in March 2017 where no major changes to the status quo were approved. The party decided in favour of holding a traditional delegated leadership convention rather than a One Member One Vote election. In the 2015 race, labour unions had been allotted 31 per cent of delegate slots.[1][2][3][4]

Timeline[edit]

  • April 19, 2016 - General election. Selinger's NDP government is defeated; Selinger announces his intention to resign as party leader.[5]
  • May 7, 2016 - Flor Marcelino (Logan) is named interim leader of the NDP and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
  • September 21, 2016 - Kevin Chief, a former senior minister in Selinger's cabinet who was widely seen as his likely successor, announces he will not be a candidate for the leadership. He subsequently announced his resignation as an MLA, effective January 9, 2017.[6][7]
  • June 12, 2016 - NDP Provincial Council decides that the leadership election will be held by October 2017.[2]
  • December 11, 2016 - NDP Provincial Council decides that the election be held in mid-September 2017 and recommends a series of rule changes such as a leadership review process, that one of two systems be used for electing the leader: The first would allow every party member to vote, with a minimum number of votes guaranteed to smaller constituencies and unions. The second would use a delegate system that would include more flexibility and representation for unions. Recommendations are to be voted upon at the annual NDP convention in March.[8]
  • March 17–19, 2017 - NDP annual convention to meet at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre in Winnipeg. The convention decided to have a traditional delegated leadership convention rather than have a One Member One Vote election.[9]
  • April 10, 2017 - Wab Kinew declares his candidacy.[10]
  • June 18, 2017, 4:30 PM - Deadline to become a new member or renew membership of the party and be able to vote for delegates to the convention, or be a delegate.[11]
  • June 28, 2017 - Steve Ashton declares his candidacy.[12]
  • July 15, 2017 - Nomination deadline[13]
  • July 18, 2017, 7 PM - Leadership forum at Riverbank Discovery Centre, Brandon, Manitoba[11]
  • July 20, 2017, 7:30 PM - Leadership forum at Gimli Recreation Centre, Gimli, Manitoba[11]
  • July 24, 2017, 7 PM - Leadership forum at Vale Community Centre Gymnasium, Thompson, Manitoba[11]
  • July 26, 2017, 7 PM - Leadership forum at Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex, University of Winnipeg[11]
  • July 31, 2017 - Deadline to apply to stand to be a delegate.[11]
  • August 8, 2017, 9:30 AM - Online voting to elect delegates begins.[14]
  • August 21, 2017, 4:30 PM - Online voting to elect delegates ends.[14]
  • September 16, 2017 - Leadership election to be held.[13] Call to order at noon (Central Time), voting begins at 1:40 PM.[15] Wab Kinew declared elected at 3:28 PM.

Candidates[edit]

Steve Ashton[edit]

Background

Steve Ashton, 63, former MLA for Thompson (1981–2016), Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Minister responsible for Emergency Measures (2015–2016), Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation (2009–2014), Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (2006–2009), Minister of Water Stewardship (2003–2006), Minister of Labour and Immigration (2003), Minister of Conservation (2002–2003), Minister of Transportation and Government Services (2001–2002), Minister of Highways and Government Services (1999–2001). Runner-up in the 2009 leadership election and third place candidate in the 2015 leadership election.[16][12]

Date campaign launched: June 28, 2017.[12]
Campaign website: https://www.steveashtonndp.ca/
Supporters
Other information
  • Vows to reinvest in community hospitals[12]
  • Promises to rebuild the Manitoba NDP in rural Manitoba[12]
  • Would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the first year of an NDP mandate.[12]
  • Would lower university tuition fees.[12]

Wab Kinew[edit]

Background

Wab Kinew, 37, is the MLA for Fort Rouge (2016–present), former broadcaster, musician, author, and professor.

Date campaign launched: April 10, 2017.[10][18]
Campaign website: https://www.wabkinew.ca/
Supporters
Other information
  • Promises to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour incrementally by 2024.[27]
  • Will target an NDP caucus of 50% women, transgender, and non-binary-gender people. Has named an advisory council to assist in reaching this goal.[28]
  • Would implement universal pharmacare.[29]
  • Vows to invest more in recreation and active living facilities.[30]

Withdrawn[edit]

Michelle McHale[edit]

Background

Michelle McHale, is a staff representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers union and social activist. She gained national prominence for organizing a pride parade in Steinbach, Manitoba, a conservative town in the province's Bible Belt.[31]

Date campaign launched: March 10, 2017[32]
Date campaign ended: April 22, 2017[33]
Subsequently endorsed: Wab Kinew[21]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Wab Kinew 728 74.3
Steve Ashton 253 25.7
Total Valid Votes 981 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NDP spar over leadership rules at convention". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Manitoba NDP plan to have new leader by October 2017". Winnipegsun.com. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Manitoba NDP plan to have new leader by October 2017". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b "NDP's dragging heels hampers future leadership". Winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Selinger resigns as NDP leader after big loss to PCs". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Kevin Chief opts out of Manitoba NDP leadership race". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Chief makes it official: Point Douglas NDP MLA files resignation papers". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Manitoba NDP eye new leadership rules". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Manitoba NDP reject push to allow every member a vote on party leadership - Philippine Canadian Inquirer". Canadianenquirer.net. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Running for love: Wab Kinew launches bid to lead Manitoba NDP". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
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  13. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-24. Retrieved 2017-04-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ a b "Leadership 2017: Frequently Asked Questions - Manitoba NDP". todaysndp.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  15. ^ http://todaysndp.ca/sites/default/files/leadership_convention_agenda.pdf
  16. ^ a b Lambert, Steve (20 April 2016). "Greg Selinger target of blame for NDP defeat in Manitoba". Ctvnews.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  17. ^ Graham, Ian. "Third time's a charm? Steve Ashton seeks once more to become Manitoba NDP leader". Thompsoncitizen.net. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Wab Kinew making it official: set to announce run for leadership of beleaguered NDP". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Kinew Selling Tons Of Memberships - MyToba.ca News". Mytoba.ca. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Wab Kinew endorsed by fellow MLA". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Endorsements". Wabkinew.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  22. ^ "More Manitoba MPs Come Out for Kinew". Wabkinew.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Stephen Lewis Endorses Kinew". Wabkinew.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  24. ^ Wab Kinew [@WabKinew] (May 5, 2017). "Proud to have the support of brother @theJagmeetSingh on my leadership campaign. Great day charting new directions for New Democrats #vibes" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ "MFL's Unanimous Endorsement Shows Labour Uniting Behind Kinew". Wabkinew.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  26. ^ a b c "Unions Representing Over 28,000 Members Endorse Kinew Momentum builds with support from ATU, CUPE, IBEW". Wabkinew.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  27. ^ "Kinew promises $15 minimum wage by 2024". Wabkinew.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  28. ^ "Kinew Commits to Target of Gender Balance in Caucus: New Advisory Group to Develop Plan, Recruit and Mentor Candidates". Wabkinew.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  29. ^ "Kinew Backs Call For Universal Pharmacare". Wabkinew.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  30. ^ "Kinew Pledges Support for Investing in Recreation, Active Living Facilities". Wabkinew.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  31. ^ a b "Pride organizer considering Manitoba NDP leadership bid". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  32. ^ "Michelle McHale launches Manitoba NDP leadership bid". Globalnews.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  33. ^ "Michelle McHale quits Manitoba NDP leadership race". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  34. ^ "Selinger emerges from last cabinet meeting as premier of NDP government". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  35. ^ "Winnipeg MLA Allum Endorses Wab Kinew". MyToba.ca. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  36. ^ "MP Ashton mulls another bid for federal NDP leadership". Winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  37. ^ "'Heart-breaking night': Future of Manitoba NDP unclear after loss to PCs". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  38. ^ "Kevin Chief won't run for NDP leadership". Winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  39. ^ Lambert, Steve (7 June 2017). "Former justice minister backs Wab Kinew's bid for helm of Manitoba NDP". Winnipeg.ctvnews.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  40. ^ "Mayes won't seek NDP leadership". Winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  41. ^ a b "Ashton or Kinew? Poll points to 2 NDP leadership frontrunners". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  42. ^ "Andrew Swan endorses Wab Kinew for Manitoba NDP leader". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 25 August 2017.