Outgoing Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson to stay on as Tory leader at least a year
Posted October 6, 2023 12:23 pm.
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.
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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.