NDP readies for next Manitoba election

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s governing New Democrats are starting to prepare for the next election, although Premier Greg Selinger said Tuesday he has no intention of calling a vote any time in the next 12 months.

The provincial NDP council met last weekend and set out a list of rules for candidate nominations, paving the way for party members in all 57 constituencies to start picking their representatives.

Candidates must be approved by a five-member committee that includes former finance minister Rosann Wowchuk. Nominations can be overturned after the fact by the provincial executive.

Constituency associations will be expected to have money in the bank — an amount equal to 40 per cent of what was spent in their area in the 2011 election — although the party’s election planning committee has the right to waive that requirement if needed.

The Opposition Progressive Conservatives have been preparing for an early election call and started nominating candidates last spring.

Selinger said he plans to stick to the province’s fixed election date law, which says the earliest a vote can be held is October, 2015.

“The law is the law,” Selinger said Tuesday, adding he has no plans to change the legislation.

The date under the province’s Elections Act is …read more

Global News Winnipeg: NDP readies for next Manitoba election

NDP readies for next Manitoba election