NDP rally interrupted with complaints about Manitoba's child welfare system

For the second time on Wednesday, Manitoba New Democratic Party Leader Greg Selinger was interrupted by protesters, including the same couple that interrupted Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman at an anti-racism event in January.

'They're going through a tough time,' Selinger said when a man and woman exited the stage

A woman, pictured here next to Manitoba NDP Leader Greg Selinger, interrupted a rally for the party on Wednesday night to shout out complaints about Manitoba's child welfare system. (CBC)

For the second time on Wednesday, Manitoba New Democratic Party Leader Greg Selinger was interrupted by protestors, including the same couple that interrupted Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman at an anti-racism event in January.

Selinger was interrupted for the first time on Wednesday when the Canadian Taxpayers Federation showed up with their mascot, Fibber. 

The mascot, dressed to look like Pinocchio, had his nose outstretched in reference to Selinger's decision to raise the Provincial Sales Tax after he promised not to in 2011.

On Wednesday night, at a rally Selinger held to kick off his campaign, he invited a woman and man to climb on stage. While there, the woman took the mic from him and started shouting complaints about Manitoba's Child and Family Services.

"I come here for humanity," she shouted repeatedly, saying she is originally from Somalia.

"Where's the humanity?"

Her voice was eventually drowned out by the crowd chanting, 'NDP.' Selinger watched the couple while waiting to get the mic back.

"They're going through a tough time and when people go through a tough time, we've got to be there for them in Manitoba," he said once they left the stage.

"That was an intense moment for that family and they deserve our support as they go through their struggles."

Selinger moved away from the interruption by pointing to health care, job opportunities for Manitoba's youth and access to daycare for young families, calling each one a priority for the NDP government.

"We've done well in Manitoba but we can do even better if we stay on the right path," he said.

Lucille Cenerini said she agrees with that message.

"I think Manitoba is at a crossroads and there are very important decisions to be made in terms of our priorities for the future. So, I'm on board with their NDP and I want to show my support," she said, noting she's been a party supporter since 1999.

Still, she doesn't expect the NDP to come out on top in the April 19 election.

"It's very difficult to win a fifth mandate," she said.

"But, I think that we really offer the best policies for Manitoba and I think when people consider the alternatives that they will come and put the, 'X' at the right place."


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