Adrien Sala, NDP candidate for St James, right, listens as Wab Kinew, leader of the Manitoba NDP, centre, speaks during a press conference in Winnipeg Friday, August 16, 2019, as Ben and Carly Cressman, and their daughters Hannah, 2, and Stella, 3, look on. Manitoba could become the next battleground over time change. The Opposition New Democrats are launching a website and public consultations on whether the province should stop springing forward to daylight time in March and falling back to standard time in November and, if so, what time should be adopted. "There are lots of problems associated with time change that have been studied -- things like negative sleep impacts. There's significant changes in terms of people's health," said New Democrat legislature member Adrien Sala. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Manitoba’s Opposition New Democrats will vote on leader Wab Kinew’s performance

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s Opposition New Democrats will vote today on their leader Wab Kinew’s performance.

Kinew will need at least 50 per cent support to avoid his job being opened up to a leadership race, and he is widely expected to get a much higher number.

Kinew took over the party reins in 2017 and the NDP gained seats in the provincial election two years later.

Recent opinion polls have suggested that the NDP is growing in popularity, especially in Winnipeg where most legislature seats are.

The NDP only adopted leadership reviews in 2017, following a bitter internal battle three years earlier over the leadership of then-premier Greg Selinger.

The Progressive Conservatives held a leadership review in 2005 for Stuart Murray, who survived with 55 per cent support, but he decided to resign anyway.

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