Greg Selinger's Manitoba defeat reveals importance of leadership and personality
Sixteen years of NDP rule in Manitoba is over. Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister becomes the new provincial premier, sending NDP leader Greg Selinger packing.
Selinger has resigned as leader of the NDP effective immediately and has asked the party to appoint an interim leader.
The result may not have been a big surprise. Dissatisfaction with Selinger's leadership had been growing since an ill-received sales tax hike, and a party revolt that took place on his watch.
But what stands out to some about the NDP's loss, in line with other elections, is just how important the party leader's personal brand has become in our politics — for good or for ill.
Guests in this segment:
- Quito Maggi, president and CEO of Mainstreet Research.
- Susan Delacourt, long-time Parliament Hill observer and author of Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them.
- Daniel Veniez, former federal Liberal candidate and corporate director of Veniez Company, a financial advisory firm.
Do you vote for the party, leader or your local candidate? Are big leader brands bad for democracy?
This segment was produced by The Current's Julian Uzielli, Shannon Higgins and Marc Apollonio.