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Premier Greg Selinger welcomes his new caucus at their first meeting Thursday at the legislative building, giving them a chance to get up to speed on government business. While the NDP won its fourth consecutive majority government on Tuesday, there are a few new faces that will grace the government benches when a new legislative session starts in mid-November.
The new blood for the NDP includes 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. Before the session begins, Selinger also has to tinker with his cabinet to fill the conservation and finance portfolios left open when Rosann Wowchuk and Bill Blaikie left political life.
The Conservatives elected five new faces Tuesday: Reg Helwer (Brandon West), Dennis Smook (La Verendrye), Wayne Ewasko (Lac du Bonnet), Cameron Friesen (Morden-Winkler) and Ian Wishart (Portage la Prairie).