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Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont Takes Former NDP Premier’s Seat in Byelection

Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont Takes Former NDP Premier’s Seat in Byelection

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Dougald Lamont
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont speaks to media outside the legislature after the provincial throne speech was read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Liberals won a key provincial byelection Tuesday night, securing a legislature seat for their new leader, Dougald Lamont, and gaining official party status and the funding that comes with it.

Lamont, elected Liberal leader last October, soared well ahead of second-place NDP candidate Blandine Tona as results continued to come in late Tuesday night in the St. Boniface constituency in Winnipeg.

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Former Tory Minister Fletcher Rejected by Party as 2019 Election Candidate

Former Tory Minister Fletcher Rejected by Party as 2019 Election Candidate

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher speaks with the media as he leaves caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 26, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives are refusing to let former cabinet minister Steven Fletcher run under the Tory banner in the next election.

Fletcher wants to win back his old Winnipeg riding of Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley, a seat he held for more than a decade before losing it in 2015 to Liberal Doug Eyolfson.

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Manitoba Byelection Called: NDP Hope to Hold On to Seat Held by Former Premier

Manitoba Byelection Called: NDP Hope to Hold On to Seat Held by Former Premier

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to reporters before a Council of the Federation meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Voters in one area of Winnipeg will go to the polls July 17 in a provincial byelection. Premier Brian Pallister has called the vote in the St. Boniface constituency, which has been vacant since former NDP premier Greg Selinger resigned in March. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister called a byelection Tuesday for the St. Boniface seat in Winnipeg — a long-time NDP stronghold that the Liberals hope to steal with their new leader.

The July 17 vote will fill a seat that has been vacant since former NDP premier Greg Selinger resigned in March. Selinger held the constituency with strong voter support since 1999, although the area voted Liberal prior to that and is represented federally by the Liberals.

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Manitoba Judge Upholds Former Law That Banned Switching Political Parties

Manitoba Judge Upholds Former Law That Banned Switching Political Parties

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher speaks with the media as he leaves caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 26, 2014. A Manitoba judge has rejected a claim that a law which prevented members of the legislature from switching party caucuses was unconstitutional. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by Steven Fletcher, who was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus last summer. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba law that forbade members of the legislature from switching party caucuses — an action commonly called floor-crossing — did not violate the Charter of Rights, a Court of Queen’s Bench judge ruled Tuesday.

Justice Sheldon Lanchbery rejected a lawsuit brought by Independent legislature member Steven Fletcher, who was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus last year.

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Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives Widen Lead Over NDP: Poll

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives Widen Lead Over NDP: Poll

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media at an embargoed press conference before the provincial throne speech at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, November 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — The governing Progressive Conservatives, under Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, have widened their lead over the opposition NDP, a new poll suggests.

According to a new Mainstreet Research UltraPoll, released on Friday, the PCs have 49.8 percent support — up six percent since January — while the NDP is at 38.7 percent.

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Manitoba Hydro Board Resigns Over Inability to Meet with Pallister Government

Manitoba Hydro Board Resigns Over Inability to Meet with Pallister Government

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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

WINNIPEG — Nine of the 10 members on the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board resigned Wednesday over what they say were failed attempts to meet with Premier Brian Pallister and his government.

“For over a year we have attempted to meet with the premier to resolve a number of critical issues related to the finances and governance of Manitoba Hydro, including matters related to Hydro’s efforts to further develop its relationship with Indigenous peoples,” a statement from the board said.

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Gas Prices Going Up, Ambulance Fees Going Down: Manitoba Budget

Gas Prices Going Up, Ambulance Fees Going Down: Manitoba Budget

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

Cameron Friesen
Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen speaks about the 2018 budget during media lockup at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on Monday, March 12, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba residents will be paying just over five cents more for a litre of gas after the carbon tax kicks in Sept. 1., but the province has promised that all its revenues will eventually be returned to Manitobans through tax reductions.

Premier Brian Pallister said Manitobans have had to learn how to do more with less, and with the upcoming carbon tax and increased hydro rates, he said it’s important to find a balance to make sure money is still ending up on Manitoba families’ tables.

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Liberal MP Accuses Manitoba Tory James Bezan of ‘Humiliating’ Comments, Sexual in Nature

Liberal MP Accuses Manitoba Tory James Bezan of ‘Humiliating’ Comments, Sexual in Nature

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

James Bezan
Conservative MP James Bezan asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, October 27, 2016. A Liberal member of Parliament from Quebec is accusing Bezan of making comments towards her that were “humiliating” and “sexual in nature.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – A Liberal member of Parliament from Quebec says a Conservative MP made comments towards her that were “humiliating” and “sexual in nature” during an event back in May.

Sherry Romanado levelled the accusation Monday, even though Manitoba MP James Bezan had risen in the House of Commons a few hours earlier to deliver an apology — which he later said he’d been trying to give for months.

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Manitoba Tories Say NDP Getting Political at Polling Station

Manitoba Tories Say NDP Getting Political at Polling Station

By The Canadian Press

Bernadette Smith
The Tories allege Point Douglas NDP candidate Bernadette Smith has posted photos on Twitter of voters in front of a polling station. (NDP)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives are accusing the Opposition New Democrats of breaking election rules that ban political activities at polling stations.

The Tories have filed a complaint with the returning office in Point Douglas — a Winnipeg seat where advance polls are underway for a byelection on Tuesday.

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