MLA Christine Melnick has become the first female politician to have been booted from a legislative caucus in the history of Manitoba. Premier Greg Selinger announced the extraordinarily unusual decision was made Tuesday, and revealed that the caucus has chosen to oust the NDP MLA and former immigration minister, Riel, in light of allegations that she levelled against his senior staff the previous day.
Soon before the decision was announced, Selinger called in an emergency caucus meeting that continued for more than 90 minutes. Right after the meeting concluded, Selinger declared that the caucus has decided that Melnick will be removed from the government benches because she could no longer be trusted. He stated that “it was my decision,” and said that “we had a very thorough discussion about it, and I had the support of caucus in proceeding. It was a consensus decision of caucus.” He revealed to have informed Melnick via phone call before disclosing it to the public.