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WINNIPEG — New Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister is calling the timing of an NDP announcement of provincial child-care funding a “selfish kind of politics.”
Pallister reprimanded the party after provincial Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced Thursday the province’s funding of 20 preschools and 45 school-age child-care spaces at Whyte Ridge Child Care.
Pallister claimed the timing of the announcement is “more than coincidental,” saying the NDP held a nomination meeting the night before the announcement. The meeting will determine who will run for the vacant seat in Fort Whyte, the riding where the Whyte Ridge area falls.
“They’ve had 13 years to address this issue and they choose the day after their nomination meetings,” said Pallister in a phone interview. “The issue isn’t the expansion of child-care spaces at all, the issue is the timing of the announcement, mere hours after the nomination meeting in the same area.”
Fort Whyte is the former constituency of Hugh McFadyen, who resigned as MLA and PC party leader effective on Monday. The Tories have held the Fort Whyte riding since 1995.
Pallister is expected to run for the seat when a byelection is called, though he wouldn’t confirm an announcement yet.
Although NDP provincial secretary Nanci Morrison said she couldn’t comment on the timing of any announcements, Morrison corrected Pallister saying the nomination meeting was scheduled for Thursday night.
“Government announcements have nothing to do with the provincial party,” Morrison said.
» Winnipeg Free Press