Greg Selinger leadership profile

Profile of NDP leader Greg Selinger.

Greg Selinger

Riding: St. Boniface

Party: New Democratic Party of Manitoba

Age: 60

Profession: Professor of Social Work

Family: Greg Selinger and his wife, Claudette, have two children.

Greg Selinger ((Legislative Assembly of Manitoba))

Background: The leader of the New Democratic Party of Manitoba — and 21st premier of Manitoba — Selinger was born Feb. 16, 1951, in Regina.

As a child, he moved to Winnipeg's St. James area with his single-parent mother, who later ran a small clothing store in the city.

Selinger began his post-secondary studies at the University of Manitoba, where he earned a degree in social work. He received his master’s degree in public administration at Queens University in Kingston, Ont. and his PhD in London, England, at the London School of Economics.

In 1989, back in Winnipeg, he was elected to city council for St. Boniface. Three years later, he ran for mayor but was defeated by Susan Thompson.

Selinger went back to academics as a professor of social work at the University of Manitoba but in 1999, was drawn again to politics. He ran under the NDP banner in the provincial election and won the seat in St. Boniface. As an MLA in Premier Gary Doer’s first cabinet, Selinger was minister of finance and minster responsible for french services.

On Sept. 8, 2009, Selinger resigned from cabinet  and announced his candidacy for the party leadership after Doer resigned to become Canada's ambassador to the United States. Selinger defeated rival Steve Ashton at a party leadership convention on Oct. 17, 2009.

Selinger was sworn in as premier on Oct. 19, the same day that Doer was sworn in as Canadian ambassador to the U.S.

New Democratic Party of Manitoba

Founded: In 1961, the Manitoba chapter of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation became the New Democratic Party of Manitoba.

Current leader: Greg Selinger

Years in power: 1969-1977; 1981-1988; 1999-current

Seats at dissolution: 36 of 57 (majority government)