Nahanni Fontaine Nominated as NDP Candidate for St. Johns

First nomination as NDP prepare for next election

Manitoba NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine is the first New Democrat to be nominated to run in the next election. She was nominated in St. Johns constituency today, surrounded by St. Johns residents, family and friends, and her NDP colleagues.

“I am honoured, once again, to have been chosen to represent the Manitoba NDP in the next general election and hope to continue serving the people of St. Johns and all Manitobans for a third term,” said Fontaine. “Over the last five years I’ve been proud to fight back against the Conservatives’ cuts, whether it be to our health care system, to working families or to seniors and Elders.”

Fontaine is a devoted mother to sons Jonah and Niniichaanis and is a proud Anishinaabe member of Sagkeeng First Nation. In 2016, she became the first urban Indigenous woman to be elected to the Manitoba Legislature and the first Indigenous woman house leader (governing or opposition) in Canada. This year she was one of the recipients of the Indspire awards.

Fontaine serves as the NDP’s Critic for Justice, Spokesperson for MMIWG2S and Spokesperson for Veteran Affairs.

In the House, she has introduced legislation that sought to protect women’s reproductive rights, protect workers and make our justice system fairer. With her guidance as House Leader, the NDP Official Opposition successfully forced the PC government to throw out their agenda, including Bill 64, and held the Conservatives to account for their cuts.

“I know whether it’s led by Brian Pallister or Heather Stefanson, this PC government will keep trying to make life harder and more expensive for families. The people of St. Johns can count on me to fight for them,” said Fontaine. “Today is the first step towards the next election. The NDP, led by Wab Kinew, is ready to take on the Conservatives and form a government that works for all of us.”