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Manitoba Conservatives choose Heather Stefanson as new leader, next premier

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Manitoba Conservatives choose Heather Stefanson as new leader, next premier

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WINNIPEG –

The Progressive Conservatives in the Manitoba government have chosen Heather Stefanson as their new leader and the next premier of the province.

Stefanson, the province’s former health minister, beat former MP Shelly Glover.

The margin was narrow – less than 400 of the 16,000 votes cast.

Glover says she’s not ready to concede defeat and will spend some time analyzing the results.

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.

The party recognized Stefanson as the winner and Manitoba’s first-ever female premier.

“I am ready to take on the many challenges we face,” Stefanson said in his victory speech.

“We will meet these challenges together.”

The leadership race began this summer after former Prime Minister Brian Pallister announced he was stepping down.

The next provincial elections are scheduled for October 2023.

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

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