Provincial byelection date set for former premier Stefanson’s vacant seat

Last fall, Manitoba’s New Democrats won the coveted River Heights riding for the first time in the party’s history. But now, Premier Wab Kinew and the NDP’s have their sights set on an even bigger prize, shifting their gaze to Tuxedo, which for the first time since its creation in 1981 appears open for the taking.

Voters in the electoral division of Tuxedo now know when they’ll be heading to the polls a provincial byelection was called.

Election day will be held on June 18, with advanced polls being open from June 8 to June 15.

The byelection was called after former Premier Heather Stefanson announced she was leaving politics in April.

Stefanson was first elected as a legislature member in November 2000. She became leader of the Progressive Conservatives and Manitoba’s first female premier in 2021.

“Serving as (legislature member), minister and the first woman premier has been the honour of a lifetime,” Stefanson, 53, said in the chamber in April.

“These roles allowed me to serve Manitobans and help pave the way for future generations of women in public service.”

Voting information

Registered voters in Tuxedo will receive a voter information card in the mail, confirming they are registered to vote and showing where and when they can vote.

Residents who are Canadian citizens, older than 18 years old on election day, and have lived in Manitoba for at least six months will be eligible to vote.

Eligible voters who do not receive a voter card or who receive one with incorrect information can visit the Elections Manitoba website or visit the returning office to update their information by May 30.

Eligible voters who have not registered can still vote if they show their ID and take an oath at the polling location.

A complete list of acceptable forms of ID can also be found on the Elections Manitoba website.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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