The Manitoba NDP is excited that Flor Marcelino has been elected and confirmed as interim leader, party president Ovide Mercredi said today.
“We are very proud to have Flor as our interim leader during this time of reflection and renewal within our party,” said Mercredi. “Her several years of experience as both an MLA and minister will make her a formidable Opposition leader, and her strong ties to diverse communities across Manitoba will prove invaluable for our party's positive, progressive agenda moving forward.”
Marcelino is the first elected woman of an ethnic minority to lead a political party in Manitoba. First elected as the MLA for Logan in 2007, she made history as the first women of colour elected to the Manitoba legislature.
Her confirmation as interim leader required a vote by members at a meeting of Provincial Council earlier today, following the recommendation of the NDP caucus and party executive.
“I am honoured to accept the role of interim leader of our great political party,” added Marcelino. “As interim leader, I look forward to working with my colleagues, First Nations, newcomer communities, and all Manitobans as we hold the Pallister government accountable. We will work the newly elected government to serve the needs all Manitobans, and fight to ensure the front line services families count on are protected.”
Prior to entering politics, Flor was a small business owner, editor of The Philippine Times, and worked as a support staff at Red River College for 17 years. Between 2009 and 2016, Flor served as Minister for Culture, Heritage, and Tourism, and Minister for Multiculturalism and Literacy, where she worked with dozens of multicultural organizations across Manitoba and oversaw the NDP government's increasing investments in adult learning and literacy.
The NDP has 14 elected representatives in the Manitoba legislature, including four Indigenous MLAs, two Filipino, and one Sikh.