Young Manitoban voters quiz premier, NDP brass at trivia night
'I think we get to see [Selinger's] human side after he's had one beer,' NDP supporter says
Young voters got a chance to quiz Manitoba NDP representatives Saturday at "Beer and Politics: Trivia Night," a casual get together held at Garbonzo's Pizza Pub on the University of Winnipeg campus.
The event was designed to give young people a chance to interact with party brass and to encourage them to get involved in politics.
It was also meant to help dispel misconceptions about some of the party representatives, according to Shafagh Daneshfar, co-chair of the Manitoba Young New Democrats.
Health Minister Sharon Blady, Fort Rouge candidate Wab Kinew, St. Johns candidate Nahanni Fontaine, Lise Pinkos, and others showed up to rub elbows with voters.
Pinkos, the NDP candidate for Seine River, said the gathering gave party members old and new a chance to learn more about their youngest constituents.
"I think it's important to hear from all different types of people because this election is about everybody," she said. "I certainly see that young people are engaged…. I have a lot of hope for the future."
Joseph said ultimately he stands with Selinger and the NDP, but maintains they have their work cut out for them.
"I think we get to see [Selinger's] human side after he's had one beer, we see what he represents. Monday to Friday, he's doing his job."
St. Vital NDP candidate Jamie Moses said events like the trivia night help grow engagement in the political process among youth voters.
"In this day and age, you have to look at all new avenues of connecting with people," he said. "As we can see tonight, it was a very good turn out and people are very interested in discussing politics with us."