Wab Kinew confirmed as Manitoba NDP candidate in Fort Rouge

Wab Kinew has been officially nominated as the Manitoba New Democrats' candidate in the Fort Rouge constituency in Winnipeg ahead of this spring's provincial election.

Kinew stepping into election race after Fort Rouge MLA Jennifer Howard bows out

Wab Kinew speaks at an NDP event in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Kinew has been officially nominated as the party's candidate in Fort Rouge. (Bert Savard/CBC)

Wab Kinew has been officially nominated as the Manitoba New Democrats' candidate in the Fort Rouge constituency in Winnipeg ahead of this spring's provincial election.

Kinew, who ran uncontested for the nomination, was joined by NDP Leader Greg Selinger, party supporters, friends and family at a rally Tuesday afternoon at the Gas Station Arts Centre in Winnipeg.

"I believe that I can play a small part in helping to achieve the vision of [Louis] Riel's Manitoba, and so that is why I'm happy to accept the nomination to run for the  NDP here in Fort Rouge," he told the crowd.

Kinew, bottom row right, is joined by NDP Leader Greg Selinger and party supporters at an event Tuesday night in Winnipeg. (Bert Savard/CBC)
They were also joined by current Fort Rouge MLA Jennifer Howard as well as award-winning playwright Ian Ross and Tina Keeper, a former Liberal member of Parliament for Churchill.

The former broadcaster, hip-hop artist and author is stepping in for Howard, who has bowed out of the election race to take up a new job in Ottawa.

Kinew will run against Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari and Progressive Conservative candidate Audrey Gordon. Manitobans will go to the polls on April 19.