Outgoing premier spoke at final cabinet meeting Friday

 

Teary-eyed Greg Selinger emerges from final Manitoba cabinet meeting as premier

 

Outgoing Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger chaired his final cabinet meeting Friday, as his party begins to rebuild after a staggering defeat in Tuesday’s provincial election.

“It was a heartfelt meeting — a meeting that was emotional for all of us, but also a meeting that started the process of healing and reconciliation within our political party,” he said. “We did talk to each other honestly about [the loss].”

 

The NDP only held onto 14 seats in the Manitoba Legislature, including Selinger’s St. Boniface seat, when voters cast their ballots in the election Tuesday. They won 37 seats in the last general election in 2011.

‘I’m a little disheartened and disappointed in the whole thing, but I’m still only 57 years young so there’s got to be something before fading off into the sunset’– Tom Nevakshonoff, outgoing conservation minister

 

The Progressive Conservatives stormed to power with a modern-era record 40 seats and a strong mandate to lead Manitoba for the next four years.

 

PC Leader Brian Pallister will officially become premier soon, and his office announced Friday his cabinet will be sworn in on May 3.

 

Selinger accepted responsibility for the trouncing his party received when he made his concession speech on Tuesday evening. He resigned immediately, but said Friday he is “very honoured” to continue as the MLA for St. Boniface.

 

 

More of this story by Chris Glover on  CBC MANITOBA:

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-election-ndp-last-cabinet-meeting-1.3549246

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