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Day 2 of Brian Pallister’s quest for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba’s leadership included stops in Brandon, Shoal Lake and Russell.
A crowd of 40 people showed up for a noon-hour rally at the Victoria Inn, where Pallister made his case why he should be the provincial party leader.
"We entered the race to do what we can to build, and as fun as parties and celebrations are, the real party will be three years from now when we are back in government," Pallister said.
Pallister then spoke of how he believed his experience as a legislator and as a businessman was an asset, noting that historically, those were traits held by Progressive Conservative party leaders that eventually became premiers.
"Think of the collective wisdom in this room right now, of all the skills and all the lessons we’ve learned and the capability of that," Pallister said. "That’s what leadership is, at the business level, the sports level and the community level."
Former Brandon West MLA and current Coun. Jim McCrae (Meadows) introduced Pallister at his Brandon event with an endorsement.
"I like Brian Pallister for several reasons, and I’d like others to like him for the same reasons," McCrae said in his introduction. "There’s few people around that approach issues with the level of passion that Brian Pallister does. Everything he gets into, he cares a lot about it.
"There are some of us around who can be called a born leader more than some of the rest of us and I believe Brian Pallister fits that mould."
Pallister had previously considered a leadership run in the 2006 race when Hugh McFadyen won the leadership over Neepawa’s Ken Waddell, but did not ultimately become a candidate in that race.
Pallister’s message included sports anecdotes and he pointed out his former Brandon University basketball coach Jerry Hemmings and former Bobcats basketball teammate Rick DeGagne, both who were in attendance.
"Westman has a special place in my heart and my memory because it’s where I became a man," Pallister said. "It’s where I hitchhiked to university and it’s where I walked on and Jerry Hemmings gave me a chance to be an athlete."
Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Merv Tweed said he endorsed Pallister as "the best choice" for the party going forward. Tweed and Pallister served together in the Manitoba legislature in the 1990s under former premier Gary Filmon. Other key party organizers in attendance included D’Arcy Barker, a key member of Brandon East candidate Mike Waddell’s campaign last fall, and Derryk Jackson.
No Westman MLAs were on hand for the announcement, though Riding Mountain PC MLA Leanne Rowat has openly pledged her support for Pallister. Arthur-Virden MLA Larry Maguire is part of the party’s leadership convention rules committee and said previously he must remain impartial. Brandon West MLA Reg Helwer has not indicated who he plans to support in the race.
The leadership contest is using one-member, one-vote system, with youth as young as 14 being allowed to buy memberships and vote. Leadership candidates must sell 1,000 party memberships or renewals to get their names on the final ballot and have until July 28 to fulfil all requirements to be a candidate.