Andrew Swan has been active in the NDP for more than 20 years. Since 1988, he has worked or campaigned in every federal and provincial election. His two decades of experience have shown what it takes to be a leader and a winner: dedication, hard work, listening to and working with others, and never compromising one’s principles. These are attributes he will bring to the job of party leader and Manitoba Premier.
Andrew was first elected the MLA for Minto in 2004 and re-elected in 2007. He served as the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Justice as well as the Minister of Labour, Immigration, and Multiculturalism before being appointed Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade. In his Ministerial capacity he has also been responsible for overseeing the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and Manitoba Lotteries Corporation. As MLA, he’s assisted over 500 families with their Provincial Nominee Program applications.
Prior to his election to the Manitoba Legislature, Andrew practiced law for 15 years primarily to family law. During his many years in the legal profession he served as chair of the Young Lawyers subsection of the Manitoba Bar Association, and also assisted as a lecturer and seminar leader for the Law Society of Manitoba Bar Admission course.
Andrew and his wife Tamsin are the proud parents of two daughters, aged nine and 11. The Swan family has deep roots within the multicultural neighborhood in which they live, and it has been through their extensive community involvement that they have been able to understand and act upon the priorities of working Manitobans: investing in educational and training opportunities; enhancing our public health care system, building our economy to capitalize on new and emerging opportunities, and strengthening our social and capital infrastructure for the benefit of all Manitobans. These are some of the priorities Andrew will tackle head on as leader of the provincial party and Manitoba Premier.
Andrew credits his father, a retired aircraft mechanic and member of the IAMAW Lodge 714, for instilling in him the importance of family and community involvement. Over the years that community involvement has taken many forms: as a trustee with the Manitoba Marathon Foundation, member of the Manitoba Running Association, board member of the Sargent Park Improvement Team, or even as a defensive end with the St. James Rods of the Manitoba Junior Football League.
Andrew Swan is asking for the support of fellow Manitoba New Democrats on October 17th. Together, we can begin building on the strong foundation that’s been built over the past decade by Premier Gary Doer.