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Solid NDP win cements Kinew as 1st First Nations premier in Manitoba history

The NDP sailed to victory Tuesday night with a solid win that cements leader Wab Kinew as Manitoba's first First Nations premier and also nets the party enough seats to form a majority government.

New Democrats emerge with enough seats to form majority government

A man speaks at a podium, with supporters around him.

The NDP sailed to victory Tuesday night with a solid win that cements leader Wab Kinew as Manitoba's first First Nations premier and also nets the party enough seats to form a majority government.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew led his party with a projected win in Fort Rouge, and while results continue to come in, the New Democrats will come away with at least the 29 seats needed to form a majority government.

"This is a great victory for all of us in Manitoba," Kinew said to thunderous applause at NDP campaign headquarters Tuesday night. "We can do amazing things when we stand together as one province."

He thanked Heather Stefanson for her service as premier.

The PC leader, still in a tight race in Tuxedo, will step down as party leader, she said as she conceded her party's defeat to the NDP.

WATCH | Kinew applauds 'great victory for all of us in Manitoba':

Kinew applauds great victory for all Manitobans

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Duration 2:42

Wab Kinew and the NDP will be forming the next government in Manitoba. Amidst chanting inside the Fort Garry Hotel, Kinew was quick to double down on his party's promises to fix health care and make life more affordable for Manitobans.

Stefanson became Manitoba's first woman premier when she took the job after Brian Pallister stepped down in fall 2021.

"Mr. Kinew and I don't always agree on everything, but like me, I know that he loves this province and he loves the people of Manitoba," Stefanson said.

"Wab, I hope that your win tonight inspires a future generation of Indigenous youth to get involved in our democratic process — not just here in Manitoba but right across the country."

After the Kirkfield Park byelection last year, the PCs held 36 seats to the NDP's 18, and the Liberals had three — one seat short of official party status.

In that December byelection, former city councillor Kevin Klein came out on top for the PCs — but on Tuesday night, NDP opponent Logan Oxenham wrested Kirkfield Park away from Klein, who was a cabinet minister, CBC projects.

WATCH | Stefanson congratulates Kinew, says she'll step down:

Stefanson stepping down as PC leader

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Manitoba PC Leader Heather Stefanson announced she would resign as the leader of the party following a loss to the NDP in the provincial election on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023.

PC cabinet ministers Audrey Gordon (Southdale), Rochelle Squires (Riel), and James Teitsma (Radisson) also lost their seats, the CBC projects.

Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont conceded defeat to NDP candidate Robert Loiselle in St. Boniface.

"Ultimately the people have decided, and sometimes you get caught in a wave, and sometimes it doesn't matter what you do," Lamont said. "I know we changed hearts and minds in this election and I also know this isn't always enough."

Cindy Lamoureux held on to her seat for the Liberals in Tyndall Park, but longtime Liberal MLA for River Heights Jon Gerrard was taken down by the NDP's Mike Moroz, CBC projects. Gerrard was first elected in 1999.

Incumbent Mark Wasyliw won his seat for the NDP in Fort Garry, which was the first projection of the night.

"This feels really great.… All the indications we were getting from people were positive," Wasyliw said. "I think we need to heal Manitoba … think health care has become a symbol of that."

St. Vital voters handed the NDP's Jamie Moses a win, and the NDP's Diljeet Brar won the Burrows riding, the CBC projects. Nello Altomare kept Transcona for the NDP, CBC projects.

Tom Lindsey (Flin Flon), Eric Redhead (Thompson), Ian Bushie (Keewatinook) and Amanda Lathlin (The Pas-Kameesak) pocketed four northern seats for the NDP, while Glen Simard picked up Brandon East, CBC projects.

The following New Democrats won seats in Winnipeg, CBC projects:

  • Adrien Sala (St. James).
  • Jennifer Chen (Fort Richmond).
  • Rachelle Schott (Kildonan-River East).
  • Lisa Naylor (Wolseley).
  • Nahanni Fontaine (St. Johns).
  • Mintu Sandhu (The Maples).
  • Matt Wiebe (Concordia).
  • Bernadette Smith (Point Douglas).
  • Malaya Marcelino (Notre Dame).
  • Jelynn Dela Cruz (Radisson).
  • Jim Maloway (Elmwood).
  • Renee Cable (Southdale).
  • Tracy Schmidt (Rossmere).
  • Billie Cross (Seine River).
  • Mike Moyes (Riel).
  • Nellie Kennedy (Assiniboia)
  • Uzoma Asagwara (Union Station).

Meanwhile, CBC projects Obby Khan kept Fort Whyte for the PCs.

Trevor King took Lakeside and Kelvin Goertzen held on to Steinbach for the PCs, while Josh Guenter won Borderland for the party, CBC News projects.

Doyle Piwniuk also held on to his seat for the PCs in Turtle Mountain, and Jodie Byram won the Agassiz riding, the CBC projects. Grant Jackson (Spruce Woods), Carrie Hiebert (Morden-Winkler), Konrad Narth (La Vérendrye), Jeff Bereza (Portage la Prairie), Greg Nesbitt (Riding Mountain), Lauren Stone (Midland), Kathleen Cook (Roblin), Rick Wowchuk (Swan River), Jeff Wharton (Red River North), Bob Lagasse (Dawsono Trail) and Ron Schuler (Springfield-Ritchot) also won for the Progressive Conservatives, according to CBC projections.

A record 200,790 Manitobans — nearly a quarter of all eligible voters — cast ballots in advance polls, Elections Manitoba said.

In 2019, about 112,814 advance votes were cast — the next-highest number on record. That election saw a 55 per cent turnout.

The PCs rose to power in 2016 under then-premier Brian Pallister.

Stefanson won a hotly contested PC leadership campaign against rival Shelly Glover in fall 2021 after Pallister resigned. She announced Tuesday she would step down as party leader, but didn't say when.

In the two weeks ahead of election day, two polls — one by Angus Reid and another by Probe Research — put the NDP ahead with a six- and then 11-point percentage lead, respectively.

The New Democrats emerged victorious after a weeks-long barrage of attack ads from the PCs.

The PCs ratcheted up their ads in the past few weeks in what some political scientists speculated was a sign of desperation in the waning days of the campaign.

Wab Kinew makes Manitoba the first province to have a First Nations premier, but he's not the first in Canada, as the territories have had First Nations premiers.

Kinew and his team largely stuck to health-care pledges — including a promise to reopen three Winnipeg emergency rooms shuttered during Brian Pallister's time as PC leader. The first to be restored will be Victoria Hospital, followed by Seven Oaks General Hospital and Concordia.

Kinew also pledged to build a new ER in Eriksdale, Man.

WATCH | Kinew gives his mother a big birthday gift:

Kinew leads impromptu surprise song for his mom

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Duration 1:07

Wab Kinew had just led the Manitoba NDP to a majority government. But his night wasn't complete without coaxing his supporters to sing Happy Birthday to his mom, Kathi.

It'll take two terms, or up to eight years, for the NDP to fully restore ERs, the party said.

Among other things, Kinew committed to temporarily pausing the provincial gas tax, freezing Manitoba Hydro rates for a year and adding more social and affordable housing.

He criticized the PCs for campaigning on their decision not to search a landfill for the remains of two First Nations women police allege were killed by a serial killer.

Upon winning Tuesday, Kinew called the PC campaign one with a "divisive message." He thanked voters for showing the rest of the world that the "people of Manitoba are good people."

"I want to express our tremendous gratitude for this awesome responsibility that you have bestowed upon us," he said.

Kinew ended his address to supporters by introducing his mother on stage and leading the crowd in singing her happy birthday.

WATCH | Orange wave leads to Manitoba NDP majority:

Orange wave leads to Manitoba NDP majority, CBC projects

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Duration 13:14

Wab Kinew and the NDP will form the next majority government in Manitoba. The premier-designate held his own seat in Fort Rouge and will lead the province for the next four years.


Bryce Hoye


Bryce Hoye is a multi-platform journalist covering news, science, justice, health, 2SLGBTQ issues and other community stories. He has a background in wildlife biology and occasionally works for CBC's Quirks & Quarks and Front Burner. He is also Prairie rep for outCBC. He has won a national Radio Television Digital News Association award for a 2017 feature on the history of the fur trade, and a 2023 Prairie region award for an audio documentary about a Chinese-Canadian father passing down his love for hockey to the next generation of Asian Canadians.

With files from Rachel Ferstl

Credit belongs to : www.cbc.ca

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