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Prairie History: Looking Back at the 2016 Manitoba Election: The Engagement of Métis People

by Christopher Adams
St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba

Number 03, Fall 2020

On 19 April 2016, voters in Manitoba elected a majority Progressive Conservative (PC) government, with Brian Pallister as the new premier. This was a significant breakthrough victory for the PCs who, since 1999, had lost every provincial election to the New Democratic Party (NDP). The PCs’ success was in their ability to win seats in Winnipeg where more than half of the province’s seats are located, and where the NDP had dominated, first with NDP leader Gary Doer, who led the party to victory in 1999, 2003, and 2007, followed by Greg Selinger, who led the party in 2011 and in its 2016 defeat. While voting data and published survey results revealed how the PCs won over middle-class urban voters, including women, there is next to nothing to be found regarding Indigenous voters, including the Métis electorate.

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