May 23, 2017
Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba NDP leadership candidate Wab Kinew has committed, if elected leader, to a goal of ensuring at least half of the next NDP caucus is made up of women, transgender, and non-binary people.
In order to reach that goal, Kinew has identified an advisory group, including current and former NDP MLAs, to develop and implement a plan to reach the goal of gender equity in caucus. The group will conduct consultations, analyze party practice, and propose a plan to elect more women, transgender, and non-binary MLAs than ever before. The group will also play an active role in recruiting, supporting, and mentoring these future NDP candidates.
The group will include:
- Nancy Allan, former provincial cabinet minister
- Uzoma Asagwara, Founder of Queer and Trans People of Colour, Winnipeg
- Nahanni Fontaine, MLA for St. Johns
- Michelle McHale, Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations, Pride Winnipeg and Vice-President, Solidarity and Pride, Manitoba Federation of Labour
- Carmen Nedohin, former MB NDP Provincial Secretary
- Lonnie Patterson, City Councillor for Brandon
- Judy Wasylycia-Leis, former provincial cabinet minister and MP
- Muriel Smith, former provincial cabinet minister and Deputy Premier
“I am committed to gender equity in politics,” said Kinew. “My party has historically been a leader on this issue. Of course, only the voters can choose who goes into our caucus. But in the past we have seen parties run large numbers of women, but too often in under-resourced or developing ridings, so the proportion of women elected is lower than that of women nominated. I am committing today to doing doing better than that. I am committing to doing what we can to achieve the goal of gender balance in caucus.”
“I know New Democrats share this goal with Wab,” said Nancy Allan. “I also know many may have questions about how we get there. I look forward to participating in this conversation in the months ahead after Wab is elected leader of our party.”
“We need the leadership of women, transgender, and non-binary people in government,” said Michelle McHale. “Wab has demonstrated that he is serious about listening and doing what it takes to support these kinds of leaders to get into positions where they can influence provincial decisions.”
Although gender equity has historically been considered between men and women, we recognize that gender is not exclusively male or female. Therefore, gender equity for the Manitoba NDP necessarily includes non-binary people.