New Democrats have nominated social justice activist Blandine Tona to run in the upcoming St. Boniface by-election, NDP Leader Wab Kinew announced today.
“Blandine will make St. Boniface proud. The energy in the room tonight was amazing. It’s clear she has wonderful people from all parts of St. Boniface working hard to make her their next MLA,” said Kinew. “Blandine knows the issues people are talking about on the doorstep: she works in health care, she works hard for her family and she cares deeply about her kids’ education. I’m thrilled she is joining our team - the only team that can stop the Pallister government.”
Prior to entering politics, Blandine earned Master's degrees in Public Law and Political Science, and is presently a PhD candidate in Peace and Conflict Studies through the University of Douala in Cameroon. She is an active resident of St. Boniface where she resides with her husband Clement Seyi, two daughters (Yasmine and Julia) and step-daughter (Lamine). Through her work and volunteer efforts in the community, she has become a highly recognized organizer and was nominated one of CBC's 10 Manitoba Future Leaders in 2017.
"I am honoured to be carrying the NDP banner for the upcoming by-election," said Tona. "I would like to thank former Premier and MLA Greg Selinger for his many years of service to the people of St. Boniface. As we move forward, I am excited to work with Leader Wab Kinew and New Democrats on the upcoming campaign and continue the NDP's strong record of representation for the community."
The St. Boniface nomination took place as New Democrats from across Manitoba prepare to gather in Brandon on May 4 - 6 for their 2018 Convention — the first with new NDP leader Wab Kinew.