June 25, 2019 8:58 am

Manitoba NDP leader centre stage during election ramp up

THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski
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Political ads are ramping up in advance of the Manitoba election and the past legal troubles of Opposition Leader Wab Kinew are already a focus.

Draft versions of two upcoming NDP ads were posted online briefly yesterday before being pulled.

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In one, Kinew talks about overcoming addiction and turning his life around. In the other, Kinew’s wife says Kinew is a changed man.

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Paul Thomas, a political analyst at the University of Manitoba, says the New Democrats have little choice but to address the issue, since the governing Progressive Conservatives are focusing on it.

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In a 2015 memoir, Kinew wrote about some of his legal troubles, including convictions for impaired driving and assault.He recently received a record suspension for both offences.

The book did not mention two charges of domestic violence Kinew faced in 2003, which were stayed by the Crown a year later.

Kinew has denied those accusations, but the Tories say he has a lot to answer for before voters go to the polls on September 10th.

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