Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Cabinet Minister Opts out of Manitoba NDP Leadership Race

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Cabinet Minister Opts out of Manitoba NDP Leadership Race

Article excerpt

Kevin Chief not running for NDP leader

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WINNIPEG - A former Manitoba cabinet minister has decided not to run for the leadership of the provincial New Democrats.

Kevin Chief says he is focusing on spending time with his young family -- he has three boys under six -- and on serving his constituents in the Point Douglas area of Winnipeg.

Chief was first elected in 2011 and held ministerial portfolios including children and youth opportunities and jobs and the economy.

He had been touted as a possible replacement for Greg Selinger, who announced his resignation as NDP leader when the party lost the provincial election in April.

The party, which now holds 14 of the 57 legislature seats, is planning to hold a leadership convention next September, and there are no contestants so far.

Wab Kinew, an author and broadcaster, is not ruling out a leadership run but says he is still learning the ropes of being a legislature member after being elected. …

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