Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba NDP Leadership Candidate Wab Kinew Addresses More Brushes with Law

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba NDP Leadership Candidate Wab Kinew Addresses More Brushes with Law

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NDP leader candidate addresses 'lies and half-truths'

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WINNIPEG - A high-profile candidate running for the leadership of Manitoba's Opposition New Democrats is revealing more brushes with the law following an anonymous email circulated to media this week.

Wab Kinew says he wants to address what he says are lies and half-truths in the email that said he has been convicted of several crimes not previously reported.

Kinew says he was charged with domestic assault in 2003, but the allegation was untrue and the charge was dropped.

He also says he was charged with stealing a money order in 2006, but that charge was stayed when he repaid the money.

And he says he was given a conditional discharge in 2004 for assault in Ontario after getting into a fight.

None of the charges was revealed in Kinew's 2015 memoir "The Reason You Walk" in which he outlined convictions for assaulting a cab driver and driving while intoxicated -- offences for which he has since received a pardon.

Kinew says while he has not previously revealed all of his legal past, he has been open about his troubled adolescence and early adulthood.

Kinew, who was first elected to the legislature last year, is perceived to be the front-runner in a two-person race for the Manitoba NDP leadership, which is to be decided Sept. 16.

"I'm comfortable addressing these things that were misconstrued or that are being circulated by anonymous emails," Kinew said Friday.

"I've been open about this whole period in my life. I've said I was a screw-up when I was younger, and I went from negative to positive. …

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