Manitoba Tories choose Heather Stefanson as new leader, next premier

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba's governing Progressive Conservatives have chosen Heather Stefanson as their new leader and the province's next premier.

Stefanson, the province's former health minister, was running against former member of Parliament Shelly Glover, and won by a margin of less than 400 votes.

"I'm ready to address the many challenges facing us," Stefanson said in her victory speech.

"We will face these challenges together."

The leadership race began in the summer after former premier Brian Pallister announced he was stepping down.

The contest was recently marred by complaints that many party members did not receive mail-in ballots in time to vote, and Glover called for the vote count to be delayed.

Stefanson will become Manitoba's first female premier once she is sworn in.

The next election is slated for October 2023.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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