Wab Kinew has secured another endorsement in his bid to become the leader of the Manitoba NDP, with former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and President of the provincial NDP Ovide Mercredi throwing his support behind the Fort Rouge MLA.
“I know Wab as a leader, and as someone who brings people together. I am truly excited at the prospect of Wab as leader of my party – he is the renewal candidate,” said Mercredi in a press release issued Sunday from Kinew’s campaign. “Now is the time for a dynamic, young, Indigenous leader like Wab in Manitoba. Wab represents the future of our party, and our province. I urge New Democrats to join me in uniting behind him.”
Mercredi served as National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations, the national political body representing over 600 First Nations leaders across Canada, from 1991 to 1997. He is also the former Chancellor of the University College of the North, and the recipient of an Honorary Degree from Athabasca University. He served as President of the Manitoba NDP from 2015 to 2017.
“I am thrilled and honoured to receive the support of Ovide. In order for us to move forward, we must stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Ovide’s support means a lot to me, personally and politically,” said Kinew. “I entered this race because I believe our party needs a fresh voice for NDP values. I have been humbled and energized by the support I have received from members across the province, and Ovide’s support is very special.”
Kinew is being challenged by former MLA and cabinet minister Steve Ashton for the NDP leadership. The NDP will hold their leadership convention on Sept. 16 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg.
Source: Winnipeg Sun