The campaign director who helped Rachel Notley become Alberta premier is heading to Manitoba.

Gerry Scott is being hired by the Manitoba New Democrats as a senior adviser and campaign strategist in advance of a provincial election slated for April.

Scott, who is 64, has decades of experience on NDP campaigns in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and elsewhere.

Manitoba's NDP government has seen an exodus of senior staff following an internal revolt last fall. Premier Greg Selinger parted ways with some of his top cabinet ministers and most of his senior advisers in recent months.

Scott says he is confident Selinger will defy the pundits and win the next election.

The Selinger government plummeted in opinion polls after raising the provincial sales tax in 2013 — something it had promised not to do in the last election.