Manitoba

Former Manitoba 'rebel' cabinet minister mulls federal run

A former Manitoba cabinet minister who questioned Premier Greg Selinger's leadership is considering a run for federal office.

Erin Selby, former health minister, eyeing St. Boniface riding

Former Health Minister Erin Selby, who along with four other senior cabinets ministers publicly challenged Premier Greg Selinger on his leadership, is now considering running for a federal seat in Winnipeg. (CBC)

A former Manitoba cabinet minister who questioned Premier Greg Selinger's leadership is considering a run for federal office.

Erin Selby was health minister until last fall, when she and four other senior cabinet members suggested Selinger resign to help stop the NDP government's slide in popularity.

Rumours about Selby making a federal run have been swirling for weeks and she confirmed Saturday she is mulling over a bid for the NDP nomination in St. Boniface-St. Vital.

Selby says a number of friends and neighbours have approached her about the seat, but she has not made a decision yet.

The riding is currently held by the Conservatives but incumbent Shelly Glover is not seeking re-election.

The New Democrats have finished third in the riding in recent elections.

Selby, whose provincial constituency of Southdale forms part of the federal riding, expressed optimism in a written statement Saturday.

'Only person to deliver change is Tom Mulcair'

"It's an honour to represent the families of Southdale, and that continues to be my focus," she said.

"A number of friends and neighbours have approached me about running federally because they want to see change in Ottawa — and in this election, the only person who can deliver change is Tom Mulcair. At this point, I have not made any decisions. I'll be sure to keep you updated."

Since Selinger survived a leadership vote at the party's convention in March, some of the rebel ministers have decided to run again under him in next April's election.

Former justice minister Andrew Swan and former finance minister Jennifer Howard have been nominated to seek reelection. Former municipalities minister Stan Struthers has decided he will not run again.

Theresa Oswald, the former jobs and economy minister who came within 34 votes of toppling Selinger at the convention, has not yet announced whether she will run again.

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