Greg Selinger is Manitoba’s Next Premier

Greg SelingerManitoba’s next premier has been chosen. Former finance minister Greg Selinger captured 1,317 delegate votes at the NDP leadership convention on Saturday, beating out challenger Steve Ashton, who received 685 votes.

Both candidates ran strong campaigns since declaring their candidacies after former premier Gary Doer announced in August that he would be stepping down to take on the role of Canadian ambassador to the United States.

Interesting days will follow, as Selinger, 58, will announce what his new cabinet will look like. He will officially be sworn in on Monday — the same day Doer begins his new job in Washington.