Manitoba byelection for Point Douglas set for June 13

Voters in Winnipeg's Point Douglas area will soon be heading to the polls.

NDP has won every provincial vote in riding once home to Tommy Douglas

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has called a byelection for Point Douglas on June 13. (CBC)

Voters in Winnipeg's Point Douglas area will soon be heading to the polls.

The Manitoba government announced on Friday that a byelection to replace former MLA Kevin Chief will be held June 13.

Nominations for candidates officially close May 29.

So far, the candidates are:

Jodi Moskal (Progressive Conservatives)

Moskal is a journeyman electrician, former Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce chair and the vice-president of Moskal Electric.

Bernadette Smith (New Democratic Party)

Smith helped push for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and co-founded Drag the Red, a group that searches the Red River for clues in missing persons cases. She is also a recent recipient of the Order of Manitoba.

Sabrina Koehn Binesi (Green Party)

Binesi is a community activist and Point Douglas resident who has worked as an executive office assistant in a number of federal and provincial government departments, and as a legal assistant.

John Cacayuran (Liberal Party)

Cacayuran served as a staffer under Liberal MP MaryAnn Mihychuk (Kildonan-St. Paul) and as an investigator with provincial regulatory bodies.

The NDP has won every provincial vote in the riding, which was once home to famous Canadian politician Tommy Douglas, the first federal NDP leader.

During the last provincial election, the Conservatives only won 17 per cent of the vote, behind the Liberals, who received 19.5 per cent. Chief won 57.5 per cent of the vote.

Advance polls will be open from June 3 to 10.

On voting day, polls will remain open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There are currently 40 Conservatives, 12 New Democrats, three Liberals, one independent and one vacant seat in the Manitoba legislature.