The swearing-in ceremony for Wab Kinew, Manitoba’s new premier, took place today, marking a historic moment as he becomes the first Indigenous premier of a Canadian province. Kinew led the New Democrats to a decisive victory over the Progressive Conservatives, ending their seven-year rule.
Unlike previous cabinets in Manitoba, Kinew’s cabinet will include First Nations women, marking a significant step toward greater representation and diversity in the government. This decision reflects Kinew’s commitment to inclusivity and amplifying the voices of marginalized groups.
The ceremony, held at The Leaf, a stunning botanical attraction in Winnipeg, showcased traditional singing and dancing, honoring Indigenous cultures and establishing a sense of unity and collaboration. The event was attended by notable figures such as Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham, Canadian actor Adam Beach, and Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, representing the Anishnaabe and Dakota First Nations.
With 34 out of 57 legislature seats secured by the New Democrats in the recent election, Kinew had a vast pool of experienced politicians and newcomers from which to choose for his cabinet. Among them are Uzoma Asagwara, a former psychiatric nurse and NDP health critic, and Adrien Sala, who served as NDP finance critic and is now entering his second term.
Notably, Kinew selected several accomplished First Nations women for his caucus, including Nahanni Fontaine, the party’s house leader, currently serving her third term, and Amanda Lathlin, who has been a legislator since winning a byelection in 2015.
The inclusion of Ron Kostyshyn, a former agriculture minister under premier Greg Selinger, adds valuable expertise to the cabinet. Despite losing his seat in 2016, Kostyshyn’s return to the political landscape in western Manitoba is a testament to his dedication and the significance of his contribution.
Wab Kinew’s appointment as Manitoba’s premier signifies a new era of leadership that embraces diversity, amplifies underrepresented voices, and paves the way for a more inclusive government. As he and his cabinet take office, Manitobans can expect a fresh perspective and a commitment to addressing the needs of all communities within the province.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Wab Kinew?
Wab Kinew is the newly appointed premier of Manitoba and the first Indigenous premier of a Canadian province. He led the New Democrats to victory in the recent election, defeating the Progressive Conservatives.
What is significant about Wab Kinew’s cabinet?
Kinew’s cabinet includes First Nations women, a first for Manitoba. This decision highlights his commitment to diversity and representation in government.
Who attended the swearing-in ceremony for Wab Kinew?
The ceremony was attended by notable figures such as Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham, Canadian actor Adam Beach, and Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization.
How many seats did the New Democrats secure in the legislature?
The New Democrats captured 34 out of the 57 legislature seats in the recent election, giving Kinew a wide pool of experienced politicians and newcomers to select for his cabinet.