Tag Archives: Provincial Election 2016

Big Blue Political Tide Sweeps Manitoba

Big Blue Political Tide Sweeps Manitoba

By Michelle Bailey (MichelleBailey1)

Brian Pallister
Manitoba PC leader Brian Pallister hugs his daughters as he enter his party’s election victory party in Winnipeg, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives routed Premier Greg Selinger and the NDP to put an end to 16 years of orange power. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitobans have crowned a new premier.

Brian Pallister has become the province’s 22nd Premier as he and his PC party took the election by storm, forming a majority government and taking down Greg Selinger and the NDP after almost 17 years in power.

Following Selinger’s speech, in which he announced his resignation as NDP leader, 61-year-old Pallister and his wife Esther entered the filled-to-the-brim ballroom at Canad Inns Polo Park to the tune of “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities as his supporters and candidates loudly cheered and clapped.

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NDP Leader Greg Selinger Resigns, Will Stay on as MLA

NDP Leader Greg Selinger Resigns, Will Stay on as MLA

By Luke Jacob Thiessen (@ljthiessen)

Greg Selinger
NDP leader Greg Selinger delivers his concession speech surrounded by family at party headquarters at the RBC Convention Centre on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (LUKE JACOB THIESSEN)
NDP HQ
NDP faithful hold up signs of support at party headquarters on Tuesday night. (LUKE JACOB THIESSEN)

WINNIPEG — “Democracy has worked tonight. Yes, it has.”

Manitoba New Democratic Party leader Greg Selinger talked over a crowd of beaming supporters at the RBC Convention Centre Tuesday evening, after losing his majority government to the Progressive Conservatives. It marked the end of 16 years in power for the NDP, and also the end of Selinger’s run as party leader.

“I will and I have already, talked to the president of the party, and I’ve offered my resignation.”

Supporters at NDP headquarters took the news with mixed emotions.

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‘The Sky is Gonna Be Blue!’ Conservatives Win Big Majority in Manitoba Election

‘The Sky is Gonna Be Blue!’ Conservatives Win Big Majority in Manitoba Election

By Steve Lambert and Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

Brian Pallister
Manitoba PC leader Brian Pallister and his wife Esther celebrate his party’s election victory with candidates and supporters in Winnipeg, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives routed Premier Greg Selinger and the NDP to put an end to 16 years of orange power. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – An orange dynasty stretching back to the 1990s fell Tuesday as Manitoba voters painted the political landscape a hue of Tory blue.

Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives routed Premier Greg Selinger and the New Democrats to put an end to 16 years of the NDP in power.

Pallister, a former Canadian Alliance MP, joins Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan as another voice of conservatism on the Prairies.

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Manitobans Head to the Polls to Elect New Government

Manitobans Head to the Polls to Elect New Government

Manitoba NDP Leader Greg Selinger (left), Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari and Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister (right) are shown in these recent photos. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/CP/HO)
Manitoba NDP Leader Greg Selinger (left), Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari and Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister (right) are shown in these recent photos. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/CP/HO)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba voters head to the polls today to elect a new government to lead the province for the next four years.

Recent pre-election polls carried out for media outlets point to a Progressive Conservative government taking over the Manitoba Legislature after 16 years from the NDP. Leader Brian Pallister is poised to become the province’s next premier, but incumbent Greg Selinger hasn’t been going down without a fight. The five-week campaign has ended with the last couple being a ramp up of nasty attack ads and accusations at the hands of the NDP and Tories.

Meanwhile, Liberal leader Rana Bokhari has been trying to focus on policy to turn attention away from recent setbacks to her campaign, including a poor performance during last week’s televised leaders’ debate and the loss of several candidates to scandal and clerical errors.

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Liberals Would Have Minister Focused on Lake Winnipeg

Liberals Would Have Minister Focused on Lake Winnipeg

Rana Bokhari
Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Manitoba’s Liberal Party would assign a minister specifically to tackle Lake Winnipeg issues if elected.

Leader Rana Bokhari says her government would amend the Phosphorus Reduction Act to eliminate phosphorus from all soaps including industrial-use soaps and detergents.

“Manitoba has some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the world and we need to start taking concrete steps to protect them or the next generation will not be able to enjoy them,” Bokhari said.

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Candidates’ Social Media Usage Skyrockets for 2016 Election

Candidates’ Social Media Usage Skyrockets for 2016 Election

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Social media usage among provincial election candidates from 2016 compared to 2011. (MANITOBAELECTION.CA)

We all know social media plays a role in elections, but when compared provincially to four years ago, the increase is staggering.

ManitobaElection.ca, a citizen-powered website offering everything you need to know before heading to the polls, has measured candidates’ social media usage using all platforms.

Open Democracy Manitoba, the group behind the website, found a dramatic increase in the number of YouTube videos candidates have been uploading. Candidate content on the video platform has more than quadrupled compared to the 2011 provincial election.

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Manitoba Liberals Would Lower Condo Property Taxes

Manitoba Liberals Would Lower Condo Property Taxes

Rana Bokhari
Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari (HANDOUT)

Manitoba’s Liberals would lower property taxes for condominium owners if elected April 19.

“As a society we need to start building up instead of out and that means higher density residences should be rewarded,” leader Rana Bokhari said.

“By creating a smaller footprint condo owners save municipalities money for things like road repair, snow clearing, garbage pickup and so much more. We will allow local governments the ability to amend the formula to reward this.”

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Liberals Would Honour Louis Riel as Manitoba’s First Premier

Liberals Would Honour Louis Riel as Manitoba’s First Premier

Louis Riel
A statue of Manitoba’s founder, Louis Riel, is seen behind the Manitoba Legislative Building. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba Liberals say they would formally recognize Louis Riel as the province’s first premier if elected on April 19.

“Liberals know that history matters and how we tell the story about our past tells all who come after us what we value and hold dear,” said leader Rana Bokhari.

“It’s time to officially honour the sacrifices of Louis Riel and that means a formal declaration that he is the first premier of Manitoba.”

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