Outgoing Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson to stay on as Tory leader at least a year

By The Canadian Press

Outgoing Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson will remain leader of the Progressive Conservative party for at least a year while it prepares for a leadership race.

Stefanson announced she was stepping down as leader after Wab Kinew’s New Democrats won a majority government during Tuesday’s provincial election.

She narrowly hung onto her legislature seat in the Winnipeg riding of Tuxedo.

Stefanson says in a release that she believes in the PC party and wants to stay on to ensure there is stability as it transitions to a new leader.


The party says a leadership race is expected to take place within the next 12 to 18 months.

Stefanson became the first woman to lead the province after winning a party leadership race when former premier Brian Pallister retired in 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2023.

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