Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba NDP Says Up to 1,425 Delegates to Choose New Party Leader

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba NDP Says Up to 1,425 Delegates to Choose New Party Leader

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Wab Kinew claims most delegates in NDP leadership race

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WINNIPEG - Author, Indigenous activist and rookie politician Wab Kinew says he has the most delegates going into the final weeks of the race to lead Manitoba's Opposition New Democrats.

The party has released figures that show up to 1,425 delegates will be able to vote at the party's convention Sept. 16 -- most were chosen recently by NDP members in the province's 57 constituencies and its youth wing.

The Kinew campaign says 588 of its delegates were chosen compared with 339 for former cabinet minister Steve Ashton, the only other candidate.

The party itself will not confirm the numbers of supporters for each campaign, and there has been no response so far from the Ashton camp.

There are still 285 delegates to be chosen from unions affiliated with the NDP, another 189 politicians and party officials get automatic delegate status and there are 24 independents. …

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