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The recently re-elected Selinger government returns to work Thursday with a throne speech outlining its plans for the coming year.
The speech will be followed up by a nine-day legislative session that ends Nov. 1.
Newly elected MLAs will be sworn in on Wednesday.
The NDP MLAs are Melanie Wight (Burrows), Kevin Chief (Point Douglas), Deanne Crothers (St. James), James Allum (Fort Garry-Riverview), Dave Gaudreau (St. Norbert), Ron Kostyshyn (Swan River), Ted Marcelino (Tyndall Park) and Clarence Pettersen (Flin Flon). One new face is an old face: Jim Maloway returns as the MLA in Elmwood after a brief stint in Ottawa as MP for Elmwood-Transcona.
The Progressive Conservatives elected five new faces: Reg Helwer (Brandon West), Dennis Smook (La Verendrye), Wayne Ewasko (Lac du Bonnet), Cameron Friesen (Morden-Winkler) and Ian Wishart (Portage la Prairie).
A new speaker also has to be elected to open the first session of Manitoba’s 40th legislature. Since 1999, speakers have been elected in a free vote of all MLAs. The election is needed with the retirement of long-time Point Douglas MLA George Hickes, who was in the speaker’s chair since the NDP came to power 12 years ago.
Premier Greg Selinger also needs to name a new finance minister to replace Rosann Wowchuk and a conservation minister to replace Bill Blaikie. Both did not run in the Oct. 4 election.
The NDP won its fourth consecutive majority government on Oct. 4. Pending the results of recounts in two ridings, the NDP now has its largest majority ever with 37 seats. The Progressive Conservatives elected 19 members while the Liberals elected one, Jon Gerrard in River Heights.
Judicial recounts will take place for the constituency of St. Norbert on Oct. 24 and Kirkfield Park on Oct. 26, according to Elections Manitoba. The NDP won both on election night, but the margins of victory were less than 50, sparking the recounts.
On election night, PC Leader Hugh McFadyen said he will step down as leader of his party as soon as his replacement is found. That process could take as long as a year.