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 will renew the party in Manitoba. Lewis is sending a personal phone message to Manitoba New Democrats today urging them to renew their memberships by June 18 to support Wab’s candidacy. And he committed to campaign with Wab in person in Manitoba in the run-up to the leadership convention.
“I believe in Wab Kinew – his passion for the work of building a better tomorrow knows no bounds, and his commitment and ability are second to none.” said Lewis. “I am thrilled to add my name to the impressive list of New Democrats who are supporting Wab. I look forward to reconnecting with Manitoba New Democrats in person, and sharing in the energy that Wab brings to our party.”
“Stephen Lewis is a life-long hero of mine, so I am deeply honoured to accept his support,” said Kinew. “For New Democrats, Stephen Lewis is like the North Star. We set our political compass by him.”
Elected as an MPP in Ontario in 1963, Mr. Lewis was the leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party from 1970- 1978, during which time he became the leader of the Official Opposition. After his career in politics, he served as Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations and went on to be the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and then the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. He is a Professor of Distinction at Ryerson University, the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and the co-director of the advocacy organization AIDS-Free World. Among many other honours, Lewis is a Companion of the Order of Canada and the recipient of 42 honorary degrees.