Tories sweep rural Westman constituencies7 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
Despite a recent investigation showing that he’d violated respectful workplace policies five times, Rick Wowchuk was one of several Progressive Conservative candidates re-elected in rural Westman ridings.
As with the last election, the Tories swept Westman, winning all five of the rural constituencies surrounding Brandon.
Every constituency but one had their boundaries shift for this election cycle as a result of the final report from the 2018 Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission.
In Westman, population losses in Swan River, Dauphin and Riding Mountain “resulted in significant changes to the boundaries of these electoral divisions,” the report said.
Texas tipping point? Dems face reality check in GOP bastions5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
Birdtail chief eager to work with incoming government4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
Regardless of who wins Tuesday’s election, Birdtail Sioux First Nation Chief Ken Chalmers said he looks forward to working with them.
Together, he said that he wants to foster reconciliation and push for economic growth in both his community and the broader region.
Riding Mountain has been a Progressive Conservative constituency for many years, Chalmers said, and the First Nation has had a successful working relationship with incumbent Greg Nesbitt.
“In business and economic development I find the conservative party very helpful,” he said. “We’re (Birdtail) trying to make our own revenue and look after ourselves.”
Big three parties all make Brandon-centric promises5 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
After 26 days of provincial campaigning, the big three provincial parties have all made Brandon-specific promises should they be elected on Sept. 10.
Party leaders have also made campaign stops in the Wheat City during the official campaign period, with Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister topping the list at three visits, NDP Leader Wab Kinew stopping in Brandon twice and Manitoba Liberal Party Leader Dougald Lamont making a single stop in early August.
Pallister has been quick to say the party is running for re-election on a “realistic platform.” In a July Q&A with The Brandon Sun, Pallister said the party has “under-promised but over-delivered.”
Making hog barns an election issue4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
The issue of hog barn production has been been far from the forefront of this provincial election.
The relative silence has left some questioning what restrictions the industry might face in the future.
There seems to be a lack of strategy in addressing and talking about hog barns among the province’s political parties, Hog Watch member Ruth Pryzner said.
Hog Watch is an agricultural watchdog group that monitors the province’s hog industry.
No clear winner in arena of public opinion7 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
Next week, Tuesday, civic-minded Manitobans will go to the polls and mark a ballot for the candidate, party or leader they believe best represents their interests — or perhaps the one they dislike the least.
Whatever the case, for those who have been paying attention to the various campaigns, reading up on the party platforms, or watching the daily news cycle for the political back and forth that normally punctuates election season, it will be time to finally make a choice and usher in a new government.
As I’ve been watching this election unfold — and really it’s been on our political radar since January when Premier Brian Pallister refused to rule out an early election call to a reporter from The Canadian Press — I have to wonder just how much a leader’s character factors into the choices we make as the electorate.
Strength of character, to me, is one of the defining traits of a leader. They have to show moral courage, which sometimes demands risking criticism and ridicule for their actions or beliefs. They have to show some genuine concern for those under their care — and in this case that’s all of us, even if we don’t vote for the person. Leaders tend to be optimistic and upbeat, with a positive attitude and reflective message that draws people in. They have to give the electorate a clear vision of where they want to lead us and how they will get us there. And in order to be successful during an election campaign, or in the day-to-day operations of government, they have to be able to communicate that message effectively.
Results across Manitoba5 minute read Preview Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
Following are the results of voting in the 2011 Manitoba general election as compiled by The Canadian Press.
Redistribution has altered the boundaries of many of the ridings in the province.
The information in brackets after each riding name indicates the party of an incumbent who previously won a comparable riding, either by election or byelection. Listed also is the incumbent’s margin of victory.
Legend: COM—Communist Party of Canada; GRN—Green Party; IND—Independent; LIB—Liberal Party; NDP—New Democratic Party; PC—Progressive Conservative Party; x—member of the last legislature.
Turnout remains flat3 minute read Preview Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
The NDP's cruise to its historic fourth majority government comes as Manitoba's voter turnout continues to remain one of the lowest in the country.
With almost every poll reporting by press time, voter turnout hovered around 50 per cent, down from 56.76 per cent in 2007.
Between 1980 and 2009, only Ontario and Alberta have also maintained average turnouts below 60 per cent, according to Elections Canada.
"It just seems that people aren't participating the way they have in the past. We're hoping that would have turned around," said Mary Skanderbeg, operations manager of Elections Manitoba.
Manitoba Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen stepping down after losing election4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Manitoba Tory leader feeling confident as province goes to the polls1 minute read Preview Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011