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Local candidates were busy getting in the last bit of campaigning this weekend, as the province’s 41st election moves into the home stretch.
Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister was in town Saturday to rally the troops at Brandon East candidate Len Isleifson’s Richmond Avenue campaign office.
"He stopped by the office and said a few good words and pumped up the crews and kept us going," Isleifson said, adding that Brandon West incumbent Reg Helwer and Arthur-Virden incumbent Doyle Piwniuk were also in attendance.
Isleifson says he feels confident heading into Tuesday and his main priority will be door-knocking and making himself available to voters.
"We’re not taking anything for granted, we’ve got some great support out there ... we’re looking forward to a good outcome," he said.
Brandon East NDP incumbent Drew Caldwell was busy hitting the pavement and calling out his Tory rivals.
"There hasn’t been a single commitment to any Brandon project (from the Tories) ... that’s very, very troubling to me as a Brandon citizen," Caldwell said.
Caldwell is looking to return to his seat in the Manitoba legislature for a fifth time on Tuesday and says the response from voters has been similar to past campaigns.
"The response from the doors has been consistent with past elections for me ... people know me, they’re friendly and they feel free to talk to me in an open manner," he said.
Liberal candidate Vanessa Hamilton continues to focus on connecting with Brandon East voters at the door.
"I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing ... I’m not stopping until Tuesday at 8 p.m," she said.
The former Brandon city counsellor isn’t sure what to expect on election day.
"I have no idea what people are thinking and what the results will be on the 19th, but I have run a good clean campaign and either way I’m here to represent the residents of Brandon," Hamilton said.
Door-knocking and throwing barbs at the NDP was on the agenda for Helwer in Brandon West.
"I will be door-knocking and sharing our plan to grow our economy and unleash the potential of Manitoba ... will continue right up until 8 p.m. on Tuesday," Helwer said in an email.
"Sadly, the Selinger NDP has stooped to new lows in this campaign. Manitobans deserve much better than the gutter campaign they have conducted."
Brandon West NDP candidate Linda Ross was busy calling voters and ducking the lousy weekend weather.
"I’m on the phone today because it’s so miserable outside ... trying to get in touch with people and encouraging them to vote," Ross said on Saturday.
Ross says the campaign has been a "great experience" but she’s unsure how the chips will fall on election day.
"It’s anybody’s race I think, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out," she said.
Brandon West Liberal candidate Billy Moore did not respond to The Brandon Sun by press time on Sunday.
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