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Wab is a WINNER. He ran against the Liberal leader in a tough election and was elected MLA for Fort Rouge. Since then he has held Brian Pallister to account in the Legislature. He has a national profile as an author and broadcaster and a strong voice for reconciliation.

Wab is a LEADER. He is growing our party by attracting new members from new communities, while also benefiting from the advice and support of long-serving New Democrats. He is building a strong team and leads by example and inspiration.

WHY WAB KINEW?

I chose to stand for leader of the Manitoba NDP because I am motivated by the core values we share as New Democrats. Values like love, equality, and social justice.

Those values are realized when we have an economy that works for everyone, with more and better jobs. When you know the public services your family counts on will be there when you need them. When hard-working families can afford a good quality of life. When everyone has the opportunity and the support to realize their ambitions. And when we respect and protect our environment for future generations.

We know Brian Pallister does not share our values. Our job now is to hold him to account, and to offer a realistic alternative for Manitobans.

I have already started to introduce some of my ideas for Manitoba, including a commitment to a $15 / hour living wage.In the weeks and months ahead I will announce the other elements of my comprehensive policy program.

I am thrilled to be able to have this conversation with fellow New Democrats, and then with all Manitobans, about what we want our province to look like in the future.

ABOUT WAB KINEW

I was born in northwestern Ontario and moved with my parents to Winnipeg when I was young. I am married to an amazing woman – Lisa, who is a family doctor – and I am an active dad to two very active kids. We love Manitoba and are passionate about giving back to this place. I coach hockey. Lisa and I are both involved with our community as activists and volunteers. In short, my family is a pretty regular Manitoba family.

After studying Economics at the University of Manitoba, I made my living as an author, a musician, a broadcaster, and a university administrator. I was an honorary witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had. Most importantly, last year I was given the honour of representing the people of Fort Rouge in the Manitoba legislature.

I first got involved in politics because I wanted to help regular families get the services and supports they need to be healthy and happy. Because I want everyone in Manitoba to have opportunities like the ones I had, no matter which community they come from or how much money their family has. And most of all, because I want to help make Manitoba an even better province for my kids and for yours.

When I hear about a young person who got in trouble with the law, who is told every day he has nothing to contribute, I think: I was you.

When I hear parents worried about making ends meet while they work hard to provide for their kids and take care of their ageing parents, I think: I am you.

And when I think of an elder, nearing the end of their journey, maybe sick, maybe confused, but comforted by the presence of family and the compassion of caregivers, I think: someday, I will be you.

I am so proud to be a member of a party that looks like Manitoba in all its inclusivity, and that represents Manitoba values. With your support, I know I can lead the renewal of our party, build a team that will offer Manitobans a progressive alternative to Brian Pallister and help bring about a brighter day for people in our province.

PRESS RELEASES AND MEDIA COVERAGE

Unions Representing Over 28,000 Members Endorse Kinew Momentum builds with support from ATU, CUPE, IBEW

Unions Representing Over 28,000 Members Endorse Kinew Momentum builds with support from ATU, CUPE, IBEW   June 15, 2017 Winnipeg, MB –The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505, the Canadian Union of Public Employees [...]

James Allum Endorses Kinew

James Allum Endorses Kinew Urges New Democrats: “Renew your membership to help Wab renew our party” June 9, 2017 Winnipeg, MB – NDP MLA James Allum has endorsed Wab Kinew for leader of the Manitoba [...]

Stephen Lewis Endorses Kinew

Stephen Lewis Endorses Kinew June 8, 2017 Winnipeg, MB -- Stephen Lewis, an esteemed figure in New Democratic politics, has endorsed Wab Kinew as a strong voice for New Democratic values and the leader who [...]

Swan Endorses Kinew

Swan Endorses Kinew June 7, 2017 Winnipeg, MB – Andrew Swan, NDP MLA for Minto, announced his support of Wab Kinew for NDP leader today. “Wab is the leader we need to bring [...]

More Manitoba MPs Come Out for Kinew

More Manitoba MPs Come Out for Kinew June 1, 2017Winnipeg, MB – Current and former Manitoba NDP Members of Parliament Daniel Blaikie, Bill Blaikie, Pat Martin and Judy Wasylycia-Leis announced their support of Wab Kinew [...]

Moses Backs Kinew

MOSES BACKS KINEW May 30, 2017 Winnipeg, MB – Member of the NDP Provincial Executive and former NDP Candidate in St. Vital, Jamie Moses, announced his support of Wab Kinew for NDP Leader [...]

Rondeau Supports Wab

Rondeau Supports Wab On the first day of Pride, first openly gay MLA, cabinet minister endorses Kinew May 26, 2017 Winnipeg, MB – As the annual Pride Festival begins in [...]

Kinew lines up support, commits to gender balance goal

Kinew lines up support, commits to gender balance goal NDP leadership candidate Wab Kinew received several high-profile endorsements Tuesday while announcing a commitment to achieve gender balance in future NDP caucuses. At a news [...]

Wab Kinew promises NDP caucus will be half women, trans people

Wab Kinew promises NDP caucus will be half women, trans people Sole contender for party leadership supported by former NDP MLAs, MPs Manitoba NDP leadership candidate Wab Kinew promises he'll work toward having at least [...]

Kinew Commits to Target of Gender Balance in Caucus: New Advisory Group to Develop Plan, Recruit and Mentor Candidates

Kinew Commits to Target of Gender Balance in Caucus: New Advisory Group to Develop Plan, Recruit and Mentor Candidates May 23, 2017 Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba NDP leadership candidate Wab Kinew has committed, [...]

Kinew promises $15 minimum wage by 2024

Kinew promises $15 minimum wage by 2024 An NDP government would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the time its first mandate ends in 2024, leadership candidate Wab Kinew promised Thursday. [...]

Kinew Promises $15/ hour Minimum Wage

Kinew Promises $15/ hour Minimum Wage “Full-time workers should not live in poverty -- they deserve a living wage” May 4, 2017 Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba NDP leadership candidate Wab [...]

Kinew gets endorsement for NDP leadership from colleagues

Kinew gets endorsement for NDP leadership from colleagues The sole candidate for NDP leadership got a stamp of approval Sunday from some of his colleagues.NDP MLA for Concordia Matt Wiebe said Wab Kinew has a [...]

Wab Kinew endorsed as next NDP leader

Wab Kinew endorsed as next NDP leader Wab Kinew represents the Manitoba New Democratic Party’s best chance to speak to the next generation of voters and reconnect with its traditional voting base, MLA Matt Wiebe [...]

Rookie politician Wab Kinew launches bid for Manitoba NDP leadership

Rookie politician Wab Kinew launches bid for Manitoba NDP leadership WINNIPEG- Surrounded by supporters Wab Kinew announced his bid to lead Manitoba’s New Democrats Monday, but winning an election may be easier than rebuilding a [...]

Running for love: Wab Kinew launches bid to lead Manitoba NDP

Running for love: Wab Kinew launches bid to lead Manitoba NDP 'What I'm trying to do in assembling my leadership team is to unite people,' candidate says Wab Kinew admits there's a lot of [...]

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