Manitoba New Democratic Party leader Greg Selinger is nominated as the party's candidate in Winnipeg's St. Boniface, according to a news release issued by the NDP.

The party's president, Ovide Mercredi, made the announcement at a rally for Selinger's nomination on Sunday.

Greg Selinger


"Under Greg's leadership, Manitoba has made steady progress through two major floods and a global economic recession," Mercredi said.

"In this election, he's fighting for what matters most to working and middle-class families — health care, education, and good jobs for Manitobans."

At the rally on Sunday, Selinger said he is pleased with the party's progress leading up to the election.

"We're seeing excellent candidates; people with great energy and devotion out on the doorstep talking to their citizens.… Hearing the priorities of the local citizens in their area," he said.

According to Selinger, Good-quality education, healthcare and employment, particularly for young people, are top priorities for voters.

"It doesn't matter where you are in the polls," he said.

"The most important thing to do is to stay focused on the priorities of Manitobans; to be there listening to them, to understand what it is that makes a difference in their lives."

Selinger, who has also served as Manitoba's premier since 2009, said he is "determined" to continue to fight for working and middle-class families.

"Brian Pallister and his Conservatives are promising more than half a billion dollars in risky cuts to health care, education, and child care that will hurt you and your family," he is quoted as saying in the news release. 

"The reality is, his Conservatives will consistently put the demands of big business ahead of the needs of ordinary people."

More than 200 people showed up to support Selinger at the rally on Sunday, and the NDP has nominated 43 candidates for the provincial election, which is scheduled to take place on April 19.