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Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger

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About Greg Selinger:

Greg Selinger became Premier of Manitoba in 2009 when he won the leadership of the Manitoba NDP after the resignation of Gary Doer. After 10 years as Manitoba's Minister of Finance, Greg Selinger is expected to continue the centrist policies that worked so well for Doer. A reserved man who seems more comfortable in policy meetings than glad-handing crowds, Greg Selinger's biggest challenge may come in adjusting to the higher profile required of a provincial premier.

Premier of Manitoba:

2009 to present

Education:

  • BSW - University of Manitoba
  • MA - Public Administration - Queen's University
  • PhD - London School of Economics

Professional Career of Greg Selinger:

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

Political Party:

New Democratic Party - NDP

Riding (Electoral District):

St. Boniface

Political Career of Greg Selinger:

  • Greg Selinger's first foray into politics was as a Winnipeg city councillor in 1989. While a city councillor, Selinger was a member of the executive policy committee and the Chair of the city's Committee on Finance and Administration.

  • After losing a run for Mayor of Winnipeg, Greg Selinger switched to provincial politics, and was first elected as the MLA for St. Boniface in 1999.

  • Greg Selinger was appointed Finance Minister in Gary Doer's first cabinet. As finance minister, Greg Selinger kept to a middle ground, cutting both small business and personal income taxes and boosting spending on social services.

  • Greg Salinger was also the Minister responsible for French Language Services. In that role he established the St. Boniface Bilingual Services Centre where people can access all levels of government services in both official languages. Since then two more bilingual service centres have been opened - one in St. Pierre-Jolys and one in Notre Dame de Lourdes.

  • Greg Selinger won the leadership of the Manitoba NDP in 2009, after Gary Doer resigned to take over as Canadian Ambassador to the United States.

  • Greg Selinger was sworn in as Premier of Manitoba in October 2009.

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