An NDP backbencher who reportedly stormed out of a caucus meeting doesn’t want to talk about it.
St. Norbert MLA Dave Gaudreau walked out of a meeting last week after telling Premier Greg Selinger that the voters hate him.
Selinger is shrugging off the criticism, telling a room of 250 party members this morning that disagreements are common in politics. Gaudreau is unhappy that the story got out, believing what is said behind closed doors is privileged information.
“That’s our job, to tell what we’re hearing and doing and seeing. I don’t want to speak about what happened in the room. You go into any boardroom, I know even the PCs have their fights behind their doors.”
He adds it’s dishonourable that this would get leaked to the media.
“In boardrooms across this country and across the world, people speak, and that doesn’t get leaked to the media. It’s unfortunate that it did. That was their choice. I don’t know why they would have done that but that’s up to them.”
Selinger has faced the wrath of voters for some time, consistently garnering the lowest voter confidence of any premier in the country. Asked point blank if he supports Selinger as leader, Gaudreau would not directly answer the question.
“He’s doing his best. He’s coming to work everyday and he’s trying hard to get the message forward. He’s facing a very daunting task right now and he fights hard.”
Gaudreau did say that he has faith in the NDP team and their platform. They’ll learn if voters feel the same way when they go to the polls April 19.