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Selinger in charge despite mom's death

On Friday, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced the province will call a state of emergency.

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On Friday, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced the province will call a state of emergency.

Minutes after ordering a state of emergency Friday and acknowledging the need for military help with flood fighting, Premier Greg Selinger attended his mother's funeral.

He was back in front of the media about six hours later to say the flood situation on the Assiniboine River had escalated and the province was considering a deliberate breach at the Hoop and Holler bend.

There was no indication of his family's loss at either news conference Friday, or during media briefings on the flood situation over the weekend.

The premier, an intensely private man, said through his spokespeople he didn't want to comment on his mother's death.

An obituary is to be published later this week.

In media coverage leading up to the 2011 election, Selinger credited his mother, who raised him as a single parent, with teaching him about fortitude. She had been ill for several months.

"The strongest thing I drew from my mother was resiliency, the bounce, the ability to keep finding better ways to make a living," he told The Canadian Press.

Selinger was born in Regina in 1951 and lived there until he was 11, when his mother moved to Winnipeg and opened a family clothing store in St. James.

She later found jobs in office administration and real estate, and ensured there was enough money for him to attend the University of Manitoba, where he studied social work.

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Updated on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM CDT:
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