By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — Former Manitoba health minister Theresa Oswald has laid out her ground game for her bid to topple her own party leader and premier.
Oswald told several dozen supporters at her leadership campaign launch on Sunday that the NDP cannot win re-election with Greg Selinger at the helm. She also said the next election cannot be given to a Progressive Conservative party she accused of being “anti-gay, anti-women.”
Oswald pointed to Tory Leader Brian Pallister’s voting record, including his opposition to same-sex marriage a decade ago in Parliament. Pallister also last year opposed a new Manitoba law that requires schools to accommodate gay student support groups.
Oswald also pointed to the recent Tory nomination of James Teitsma, a former religious lobbyist with an organization that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. Teitsma will carry the Tory banner in the Radisson constituency in east Winnipeg.
“These are the true colours (of the Tories), people,” Oswald said.