Canada’s lone NDP government is situated in Manitoba. They have been in power since 1999. Gary Doer served as Premier for 10 years before he was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to be Ambassador to the United States. Doer was succeeded by Greg Selinger who had served as his Minister of Finance. The NDP would be re-elected under Selinger in 2011.
During that campaign, Selinger pledged to keep the provincial sales tax at 7%. But last year, Selinger did an about face and raised the tax to 8%. Since then there has been dissension among NDP ranks about Selinger’s leadership as the party’s poll numbers have been plummeting. Five of Selinger’s top cabinet ministers called for Selinger’s resignation as Premier. Today, these ministers resigned forcing Selinger to abruptly reshuffle his cabinet. The five ministers will remain in the NDP caucus and plan to run in the next provincial election which could take place as early as October 2015, but no later than April 2016. The question is how long will Selinger remain Premier.
Whenever an election is called, the Tories led by Brian Pallister are strongly favored to win and Canada will be without an NDP government.
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