Manitoba's Opposition New Democrats vote in support of leader Wab Kinew

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba New Democrats have voted strongly in favour of their leader, Wab Kinew.

Delegates to the party's convention, held online, have voted 93 per cent in favour of not opening up the top post to a leadership race.

Kinew needed only 50 per cent of the vote to survive the leadership review, which is mandatory after each election under the party's constitution.

Kinew took over the helm in 2017 and increased the NDP's seat count in the legislature during the 2019 election.

Recent opinion polls have suggested that the NDP is growing in popularity, especially in Winnipeg where most legislature seats are based.

Kinew says he appreciates the support and is preparing for a tough fight in the 2023 election.

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

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