Members of the Manitoba NDP Caucus celebrated with an oath taking ceremony at the Manitoba Legislative Building today.
“We are so proud to welcome this incredible and diverse group to our caucus,” said interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino, who also took her oath this afternoon. “We’re ready in our new role as the Official Opposition to stand up for the things that matter to Manitoban families all across our great province.”
Today’s ceremony saw new members Nahanni Fontaine (St. Johns), Wabanakwut Kinew (Fort Rouge) and Tom Lindsey (Flin Flon) take their Oath of Office for the first time.
They were joined by returning MLAs James Allum (Fort Garry-Riverview), Rob Altemeyer (Wolseley), Kevin Chief (Point Douglas), Amanda Lathlin (The Pas), Ted Marcelino (Tyndall Park), Mohinder Saran (The Maples), Greg Selinger (St. Boniface), Andrew Swan (Minto), Matt Wiebe (Concordia) and MLA-elect Jim Maloway (Elmwood).
The oath taking ceremony also included an opening prayer from spiritual leader Tom Decoteau and drumming from the Community Women Hand Drummers and Maples Teenage Bears.
“The members of our caucus come from many different cultures and communities and it was important to us to reflect that diversity in today’s ceremony,” said Tom Lindsey, MLA for Flin Flon. “We want Manitobans to know their voices will be heard here on Broadway, no matter who they are or where they come from.”
The Manitoba NDP Caucus includes four Indigenous members, two Filipino members and one Sikh member. Our members also have deep connections with Manitoba’s francophone and northern communities and are ready to advocate on their behalf.
“Our caucus is strong and united as we prepare to return to the House,” said Marcelino. “We are looking forward to working together as we start this new chapter.”