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article imageGary Doer Returns for Third Term

By Bob Ewing     May 23, 2007 in Politics
Manitoba NDP Makes History
Gary Doer, Manitoba’s NDP Premier won a majority in the provinces’ 39th general election winning 36 seats. The victory equaled a record that was set by former conservative premier Duff Roblin in 1966. Two Winnipeg ridings, which had been held by Conservatives since 1990, became NDP seats.
Despite winning the two Winnipeg seats, the NDP only gained one seat due to the loss in Brandon West, where NDP cabinet minister Scott Smith lost to former mayor and MP Rick Borotsik by 58 votes.
Health care will be the next NDP government number one priority, bringing in more nurses, doctors and support staff, resulting in less waiting for Manitobans according to Doer.
"We get it, and we're going to do it," he said.
This was the first time that an NDP has won a third majority in Manitoba and the only the second time since Roblin’s 1966 victory that any party has won a third term majority. . Both New Democrat Ed Schreyer and Progressive Conservative Gary Filmon — were defeated trying to do the same.
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