The controversy surrounding the Conservative nomination race for Brandon-Souris has apparently energized the other political parties in the riding.
Members of the local NDP last week voted Cory Szczepanski to carry the New Democratic flag in the upcoming byelection — one of two men who sought the nomination.
The Liberals and the Greens will hold their nomination meetings next Wednesday. If local Liberal association president Gerry Dyck is correct, that night promises to be one of the strongest showings of Liberal member support this area has seen.
Media executive Rolf Dinsdale, 47, will face Killarney-Turtle Mountain Mayor Rick Pauls, 42, for the Liberal nomination.
It’s also a strongly contested race for the Greens, as Layne Tepleski, a 43-year-old Brandon resident who works as an inspector with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 57-year-old David Neufeld, a greenhouse and guesthouse owner in the Turtle Mountain region near Boissevain, and 58-year-old Lynwood Walker, a help desk receptionist with Assiniboine Community College, vie for the nomination.
It’s really too bad for the Conservatives that party brass didn’t work harder to have a contested nomination race for this byelection. A strong showing by three smart candidates would have done the party good in Brandon-Souris, and deflated their opponents in the process.
Depending on the outcome of the nomination races for the other parties, we suggest Brandon-Souris voters will be witness to one of the most interesting elections — well, byelections — in recent memory.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 4, 2013