Manitoba Liberal Asks Speaker to Ban Mentions of NDP Leader’s Criminal Record

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Manitoba Liberal legislator Judy Klassen wants to ban PC government members from bringing up NDP leader’s criminal convictions, saying that it perpetuates a stereotype of indigenous people.

“I am trying to build my people up. Madam Speaker, there are many within our communities who do have criminal backgrounds but have worked hard to turn their lives around,” said Klassen, who herself is indigenous.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew had been convicted for impaired driving and assaulting a cab driver. Both convictions are from his early 20s, more than a decade ago.

The government had pardoned him for his convictions as part of his effort to clean up his past in preparation for launching his political career.

In addition, he was given conditional discharge for an assault in Ontario from 2004, and was charged with domestic assault in 2003. The 2003 charge was stayed although the victim maintains that Kinew threw her across the room.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there.

The government members have also raised more recent homophobic and misogynistic social media posts by the NDP leader.

Kinew, of course, spoke in favour of Judy Klassen’s request for the ban, and says that he is an ally for women and the LGBTQ community.


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