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The NDP used its majority — and the help of its rebel MLAs — to defeat a non-confidence motion launched by the Opposition Progressive Conservatives.
The outcome of Monday’s non-confidence vote — 20-34 — did not come as a shock as the dissident MLAs have said for the past two weeks that they would support the throne speech and the government’s legislative plan.
The Opposition PCs have used much of the fall legislative sitting to encourage the five former ministers and other NDP MLAs disgruntled over Selinger’s leadership to support the Tory’s non-confidence motion.
But former finance minister Jennifer Howard, former health minister Erin Selby, former justice minister Andrew Swan and former municipal government minister Stan Struthers voted against the Tory motion, which, although a common opposition tactic, got more attention than usual because of the divisions within the NDP.
Former jobs and the economy minister Theresa Oswald also voted against the Tory motion. Oswald is widely expected to launch a leadership bid to replace Selinger at an upcoming NDP leadership contest.
The five former ministers resigned their posts last month in an attempt to unseat Selinger from the premier’s office to improve the NDP’s chances in the next election expected in April 2016.
Flin Flon MLA Clarence Pettersen and former cabinet minister Christine Melnick, who sat as an Independent for most of the year until being invited back to caucus recently, also voted against the PC motion.
The only NDP MLA not in the house for the vote was Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Ron Lemieux. A government spokesman said Lemieux, who attended Sunday’s Grey Cup on behalf of the government, was out of the city on government business. The other seat is not occupied with the resignation earlier this year of NDP MLA Frank Whitehead.