At least 13 indigenous candidates running between NDP, Liberals in Manitoba election
7 indigenous candidates running for Liberals, 6 running for NDP, parties say
At least 13 indigenous candidates will run between the Manitoba New Democratic and Liberal parties in the upcoming provincial election — a number up slightly from the 2011 election.
The NDP intend to field at least six indigenous candidates (up two from the last election), while the Liberals aim to run a minimum of seven (up one from 2011).
On Tuesday, University of Winnipeg associate vice-president of indigenous affairs Wab Kinew threw his hat in the ring for the NDP. Kinew, who is also a former CBC journalist, is running uncontested in the Fort Rouge constituency in Winnipeg.
A few days later Nahanni Fontaine, the Manitoba government special advisor on aboriginal women’s issues, announced she, too, would be stepping up to the plate for the NDP. Fontaine is hoping to take over for Gord Mackintosh in the St. Johns constituency, following the justice minister’s announcement last week that he would be pulling out of the race.
Kinew and Fontaine join Assiniboia candidate Joe McKellep, finance minister and Selkirk MLA Greg Dewar, The Pas representative Amanda Lathlin and Kevin Chief, who is the current jobs and economy minister and MLA for Point Douglas.
Chief is up against indigenous candidate Althea Guiboche. Guiboche, who is also known as the bannock lady, is running for the Liberals in Point Douglas.