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A dark cloud remains over Premier Greg Selinger’s leadership of the provincial NDP following a meeting of the party executive Saturday.
Party president Ellen Olfert initially told reporters afterwards that the group was "all in solidarity" behind the leader, but it later emerged that an informal committee of party big-wigs has been given the task of framing the leadership issue for a larger meeting of New Democrats early next month.
Two members of the executive emerged from the meeting to say that their views had not changed on whether Selinger should stay. Darlene Dziewit, a former Manitoba Federation of Labour president, and Becky Barrett, a former MLA, said they still believe the premier should step down.
"I’m very committed to my position and I haven’t changed it," said Barrett.
Erna Braun, a cabinet minister who sits on the executive, would not say whether she supported Selinger as leader as she left the meeting.
"No comment," she said, as she entered an elevator.
Nor would she say whether she supported five members of Selinger’s cabinet who resigned this week over the premier’s continued leadership. The five remain in the NDP caucus.
Selinger is also a member of the NDP’s 25-member executive. He did not attend the meeting in person, but participated via conference call.
None of the participants interviewed as each emerged from the more than two-hour-long meeting would comment on what he said.
It now appears, however, that Selinger’s leadership will be addressed in some way at the next meeting of the party’s provincial council, which meets Dec. 6.
"There is a process on going forward," said Olfert.
Liam Martin, Selinger’s chief of staff, also attended the Saturday morning meeting.
He said the terms of reference for resolving the leadership issue at the December meeting "still have to be carved out."
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