Doyle Piwniuk will represent the Progressive Conservative party in an upcoming provincial byelection in Arthur-Virden to fill the seat left vacant by Brandon-Souris MP-elect Larry Maguire.
About 370 people attended the nomination meeting at the Virden Regional Multi-Purpose Recreational Facility on Friday night.
Piwniuk, a former Former insurance agency owner, defeated Elkhorn School principal Kevin Tutthill for the nomination.
The seat became vacant when the Brandon-Souris federal byelection was called in October and Maguire’s campaign officially started.
The date for the Arthur-Virden byelection has yet to be called. A byelection in Morris also hasn’t been called, much to the chagrin of the Conservatives, though the seat must be filled by February under electoral rules.
The Arthur-Virden seat doesn’t have to be filled until October.
The constituency includes Virden, Elkhorn, Oak Lake, Hartney, Deloraine, Melita, Reston and Boissevain.
The Tories have held the seat since the constituency was created in 1989.
The NDP will hold its nomination meeting on Dec. 19. The Liberal Party of Manitoba has not said if it will field a candidate in the byelection.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 14, 2013