The Manitoba NDP is proud to have Bernadette Smith officially nominated as a candidate for the Point Douglas by-election, President Ovide Mercredi announced today.
“Point Douglas has an exceptionally qualified candidate in Bernadette,” Mercredi said. “Her longstanding advocacy for women’s and Indigenous rights, as well as her extensive experience working within the community have well-prepared her to serve the people of Point Douglas.”
Smith’s nomination meeting drew a crowd of over 100 supporters. A recent recipient of the Order of Manitoba, Smith is a distinguished advocate for MMIWG, children and youth, violence prevention and anti-poverty initiatives. She is currently the Assistant Director of the WayFinders Program in the Seven Oaks School Division, and intends to continue the community-building and social justice advocacy established under the leadership of former NDP MLA Kevin Chief.
“The upcoming by-election is an excellent opportunity for our party to remind Manitobans of what is at stake as Brian Pallister’s Conservatives continue their reckless austerity agenda,” added Smith. “I will work every day to earn the trust of the people of Point Douglas and ensure their voices are heard loud and clear.”
Smith is the proud Indigenous mother of Aron (25), Matthew (23) and Makena (14), and grandmother to Ellie (4) and Jaelynn (2).