Manitoba Tories elect Heather Stefanson as new leader, next premier

WINNIPEG –

Manitoba’s ruling progressive conservatives have elected Heather Stefanson as their new leader and the province’s next prime minister.

Stefanson, the province’s former health minister, ran against former MP Shelly Glover and won by a margin of less than 400 votes.

“I am ready to address the many challenges we face,” Stefanson said in his victory speech.

“We will meet these challenges together.”

The leadership race began this summer after former Prime Minister Brian Pallister announced his resignation.

The competition was recently marked by complaints that many party members did not receive postal votes in time to vote, and Glover called for the vote count to be delayed.

Stefanson will be Manitoba’s first female premier when she is sworn in.

The next election is scheduled for October 2023.

This is a development story. More details to come.

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