Kinew’s Official Opposition Sworn In

NDP’s Diverse Caucus Will Work for All Manitobans


Winnipeg, MB—Eighteen newly elected NDP candidates were sworn in as Members of the Legislative Assembly today to form Manitoba’s Official Opposition.

The NDP caucus is one of the most diverse in Manitoba’s history with six women, five Indigenous people, two queer people and nine people of colour.

“Our new team is proud to look like Manitoba, and we plan to use every tool at our disposal to hold the Pallister government to account, ” said Leader Wab Kinew. “We will continue to oppose Pallister’s health care crisis, which has caused chaos for patients and health care workers. We will fight back against his plan to make deep cuts to education, which will hurt students and teachers. And we will do our part to help solve the climate crisis while keeping life affordable for families.”

After the ceremony and a brief reception, NDP MLAs will join thousands of students and young people in the General Climate Strike at the front of the Legislature.

Kinew also named his shadow cabinet:

Wab Kinew

Leader of the Official Opposition
Critic for Executive Council; Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs and International Relations

Nahanni Fontaine

House Leader of the Official Opposition
Critic for Justice; Spokesperson for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two- Spirit people (MMIWG2S); Spokesperson for Veterans Affairs

Matt Wiebe

Whip for the Official Opposition
Critic for Municipal Relations and Infrastructure

Bernadette Smith

Caucus Chair for the Official Opposition
Critic for Mental Health and Addictions

Danielle Adams

Critic for Childcare, Housing, Disability and Poverty Matters

Nello Altomare

Critic for Education

Uzoma Asagwara

Critic for Health, Seniors and Active Living

Diljeet Brar

Critic for Sport, Culture and Heritage; Critic for Agriculture

Ian Bushie

Critic for Indigenous Affairs

Amanda Lathlin

Deputy Whip of the Official Opposition
Critic for Families (CFS)

Tom Lindsey

Deputy Caucus Chair of the Official Opposition
Critic for Labour and Northern Affairs

Jim Maloway

Critic for Consumer Protection

Malaya Marcelino

Critic for Immigration and the Status of Women

Jamie Moses

Critic for Growth, Enterprise and Trade; Spokesperson on Affordability Issues

Lisa Naylor

Critic for Environment and Climate Change

Adrien Sala

Critic for Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority
Critic for Francophone Services

Mintu Sandhu

Critic for Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation

Mark Wasyliw

Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition
Critic for Finance