By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – A Manitoba cabinet minister who resigned after calling for Premier Greg Selinger to step aside is not running for re-election.
Stan Struthers was one of five senior ministers who left cabinet in November, saying they had lost confidence in Selinger’s leadership.
The premier paid tribute to the Dauphin MLA in the legislature, commending him for 21 years of service.
Struthers received a standing ovation from his colleagues.
The resignations last fall brought an internal caucus rift into the open and prompted a leadership vote which Selinger barely survived.
Struthers was finance minister when the NDP increased the provincial sales tax in 2013, which saw the party slip badly in the polls.