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Federal Conservative party leadership candidates, from left, Kevin O’Leary, Andrew Saxton, Andrew Scheer, Rick Peterson, Chris Alexander, Michael Chong, Lisa Raitt, Kellie Leitch, Maxime Bernier and Steven Blaney, pose for a photo prior to a debate in Montreal last Monday. Kelly Saunders notes that Bernier not only raised the most amount of money among the leadership hopefuls in the last quarter of 2016, his support was broad-based, notably in Quebec and the West — regions the Tories dominated while winning record-setting majority governments under John Diefenbaker in 1958 and Brian Mulroney in 1984.

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Federal Conservative party leadership candidates, from left, Kevin O’Leary, Andrew Saxton, Andrew Scheer, Rick Peterson, Chris Alexander, Michael Chong, Lisa Raitt, Kellie Leitch, Maxime Bernier and Steven Blaney, pose for a photo prior to a debate in Montreal last Monday. Kelly Saunders notes that Bernier not only raised the most amount of money among the leadership hopefuls in the last quarter of 2016, his support was broad-based, notably in Quebec and the West — regions the Tories dominated while winning record-setting majority governments under John Diefenbaker in 1958 and Brian Mulroney in 1984.

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Today’s Columns

  • Tyvon Cooper of the Brandon Bobcats leaps for a shot during university basketball action against the University of Manitoba Bisons at the Healthy Living Centre earlier this month.

    Morning Mess -- The BU Bobcat secret

    This weekend will mark the first time in eight years the Brandon University Bobcats basketball team is back in the playoffs. This is not only a huge deal for the players and for the university, but for the fans who have spent much of the winter packed into the Health Living Centre to watch many of the men’s and women’s games — my family being among them. Last month marked four years since the official opening of HLC at BU, and since its opening, the athletic department has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of its volleyball and basketball teams, in the process, working to get more butts in seats at games. And while they’ve done well, I still believe BU athletics is one of the best kept secrets in all of Westman. And it’s because of the fan experience. College sports in Canada is always a challenge when it comes to fan support, no matter what the city, but in Brandon, the seats at HLC should always be full of loud, passionate fans without fail.

  • National Viewpoint -- Hasty change to electoral system never made sense

    The federal government is walking away from its campaign promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections. Given that the task was always going to be complicated and the results messy, the decision is understandable.

  • Honorary Col. Rick Felstead and Col. Angie Robertson.

    All Dressed Up -- Military ball making history in Westman

    One of Westman’s truly historic events happened on Nov. 5 when the 68th annual Military Ball took place in the Grand Salon at the Victoria Inn.

  • Blue not gold in Wheat City ...

    The gawd-awful football club that is shaming its hometown now wants to paint the entire province in a shade of blue as it pans for gold.

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