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Manitoba New Democrats won a fourth majority government in last night’s provincial election, winning 37 of 57 ridings - the largest seat total in the provinces history. Paul Moist, national president of CUPE, offered his congratulations to the Manitoba NDP and its leader, Premier Greg Selinger, on behalf of the 610,000 members of Canada’s largest union.

A fourth consecutive NDP majority is an unprecedented accomplishment and a reflection of the trust held by Manitobans in Premier Selinger’s leadership,” said Moist. “Manitoba New Democrat’s commitment to keep working on health care and education, and to grow the Manitoba economy, were commitments that people warmed to, and I want wish them the very best over the next four years.”

Moist also congratulated Dave Gaudreau, member of CUPE 500, for his election as MLA for St. Norbert in Winnipeg, and Sharon Blady, member of CUPE 3909, who was re-elected in Kirkfield Park.

I’m extremely proud of Brother Dave and Sister Sharon, who both won in very close races. They will be strong voices for all Manitoba workers,” said Moist. “On behalf of CUPE we look forward to working with them and the entire Manitoba NDP caucus, and building upon our track record of working together for the betterment of all Manitobans.”

Moist said the strong mandate won by the Manitoba NDP helps ensure the interests of workers are being advanced - not only in the Manitoba, but across Canada.

Premier Selinger is an important voice as the provinces sit down to renew the health care accord, and to press for needed federal support in fighting the growing infrastructure deficit in Canada’s municipalities - now some $200 Billion and rising,” said Moist. “The Canadian economy is faltering in the midst of the global economic challenges and this is the exact wrong time for the Harper government to be practicing austerity, and scaling back on needed investments in public services.

Greg Selinger has been leader of the Manitoba NDP and Premier of Manitoba since 2009, succeeding Gary Doer, who lead New Democrats into power in 1999.