Manitoba’s Governing Tories Pick New Leader During Controversy Over Ballots

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
October 30, 2021 Updated: October 30, 2021

WINNIPEG—Manitoba’s governing Progressive Conservatives are to choose a new party leader today who will become the province’s next premier.

Party members are deciding between former health minister Heather Stefanson, who has the support of most caucus members, and former member of Parliament Shelly Glover.

The leadership race began in the summer after former premier Brian Pallister announced he was stepping down.

The contest has been marred by complaints that many party members did not receive mail-in ballots in time to vote, and Glover has called for the vote count to be delayed.

Party officials started offering alternative locations where members could pick up and return their ballots, but Glover said it was too little, too late.

The next election is slated for October 2023.

Opinion polls suggest the Tories are running behind the Opposition New Democrats in public support.