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Legislature member who openly criticized Manitoba premier loses NDP nomination

FLIN FLON, Man. — A Manitoba politician has been ousted by party members in his own constituency, and says hard feelings over the NDP government's leadership crisis are partly to blame.

Clarence Pettersen, who has represented Flin Flon in the legislature since 2011, lost a NDP nomination meeting Friday night to Tom Lindsey, a long-time union activist who will carry the party banner in next April's election.

Pettersen says he was surprised, and says it seems members of local unions were against him.

He says part of the backlash was caused by his open criticism last year of Premier Greg Selinger, who was facing a caucus revolt over low polling numbers.

At the time, Pettersen compared the NDP to the Titanic and said Selinger should resign to help the party survive the next election.

Lindsey says some people were angry about Pettersen's stance, but the vote came down to who could best represent local interests.

The Canadian Press

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