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PC Leader Hugh McFadyen to Resign July 30

Progressive Conservative party leader Hugh McFadyen (SAMANTA KATZ / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen will call it quits on July 30.

The MLA for Fort Whyte previously announced he would no longer lead the party after last October’s provincial election.

McFadyen will return to the private sector as a principal at the consulting firm DFH Public Affairs Ltd. in Calgary.

“I want to take this opportunity once again to thank everyone who has supported me in my time as leader. It has been a privilege to lead this great Party,” McFadyen said in a statement. “I also want to thank the voters of the Fort Whyte constituency for their support. It has been an honour to represent them in the Manitoba Legislature.”

An interim leader will assume power as selected from the Manitoba PC Caucus.

Premier Greg Selinger will decide when a by-election in the constituency of Fort Whyte will be called, which has to be within a year from McFadyen’s departure.

Tory candidate Brian Pallister is the front-runner to succeed McFadyen.

Tories to Run Radio Ads Holding Selinger Accountable

Greg Selinger (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative Party will start running radio ads targeting Premier Greg Selinger and the provincial NDP.

The ads are aimed at reminding Selinger “of the promise he made not to raise taxes, a promise he is in the process of breaking with his 2012 budget,” say the Tories.

“Greg Selinger was very specific in the provincial election,” PC leader Hugh McFadyen said on Wednesday. “He promised not to raise taxes. He said ‘we’ll deliver on that.’ Now that he’s dispensed with the votes of Manitobans, he turns around and breaks his clear promise with $184 million of tax increases on Manitoba families.”

The Tories point out a quote by Selinger as aired on CJOB September 12, 2011, stating, “Our plan is a five-year plan to ensure that we have future prosperity without any tax increases and we’ll deliver on that.”

The ads, which run until the 2012 budget vote, encourage Manitobans to call Selinger’s office directly to voice their frustration.

Listen to the ad below:


McFadyen: Province’s Budget is a $184M Tax Hike

Hugh McFadyen (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The official opposition says the province’s budget is a $184 million burden to Manitoba families.

Progressive Conservative Party leader Hugh McFadyen accused the NDP government on Tuesday of breaking their election promises, while doing nothing to address the “long-term issues of high taxes, crippling red tape and out-of-control spending.”

“There is an iceberg out there, and (Premier) Greg Selinger is driving right at it,” McFadyen said. “He betrayed his promise to Manitobans not to raise taxes. He betrayed his promise to Manitobans to balance the budget in 2014. It is clear today that Greg Selinger has never had the intention of balancing the budget –not in 2014, not ever.”

McFadyen said relaxing Sunday shopping hours and reducing the number of regional health authorities in the province are simply smokescreens to hide tax increases.

“Gas prices in Manitoba have increased twelve perent already this year. Greg Selinger thinks Manitoba families should pay more. This is on top of increased property taxes, increased hydro rates and increases for day care fees, and $184 million in tax increases. Manitobans should hang on to their wallets.”

Tory Leader McFadyen to Serve Until Next Fall

By Sarah Klein

Hugh McFadyen (CHRISD.CA FILE)

A date has been chosen to elect a new leader of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party.

The party will hold a leadership convention on October 27, 2012 to replace Hugh McFadyen. The Manitoba PC Party’s Executive Council met Saturday to discuss the upcoming convention, which will be overseen by Ken Lee, the party’s chief financial officer. Lee will chair the Leadership Election Committee.

McFadyen announced on election night — October 4 — that he would be stepping down as party leader after the Tories failed to gain more seats than the 19 they had going into the election.

McFadyen will retain his role until a new leader is elected.

Hugh McFadyen to Step Down as PC Leader

Progressive Conservative party leader Hugh McFadyen speaks to a throng of media on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. (SAMANTA KATZ / CHRISD.CA)
PC leader Hugh McFadyen delivers his concession speech on Tuesday night. (SAMANTA KATZ / CHRISD.CA)

After a crushing defeat in the 40th Manitoba election Tuesday, Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen announced he would step down as party leader.

Despite winning his own Fort Whyte seat, McFadyen addressed supporters during a brief speech at Canad Inns Polo Park to break the news.

“Under any other circumstance, I’d be happy with 46 percent of the vote,” McFadyen said.

McFadyen added he would stay on as party leader until a new leader can be elected.

The announcement came as a shock to many, but some political pundits were expecting it as early poll results began to flow in.

Premier Greg Selinger weighed in on McFadyen’s decision, saying, “I wish he would have taken more time to think about it.”

Voter Turnout Dismal in Provincial Election

NDP leader Greg Selinger, Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen and Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

You couldn’t blame not voting on the weather, but Manitobans just weren’t feeling election day Tuesday as only about 57 percent of eligible voters visited local polling stations.

The unimpressive turnout, which is almost the lowest in Manitoba history, was a surprise to many with advance voting numbers coming in stronger than in 2007.

Approximately 78,600 Manitobans cast their ballots during the eight days advance polls were open. That’s compared to 42,775 votes cast over seven days in the 2007 election.

Elections Manitoba contributes the increase to more voting booths placed in strategic locations, such as shopping centres, universities, and at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport.

To see results from all 57 provincial ridings, visit ElectionsManitoba.ca.

PC Leader Hugh McFadyen Re-Elected to Fort Whyte

Progressive Conservative party leader Hugh McFadyen arrives with his family to Canad Inns Polo Park on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. (SAMANTA KATZ / CHRISD.CA)
Supporters of the Progressive Conservative party applaud at the news leader Hugh McFadyen won his Fort Whyte riding on Tuesday. (SAMANTA KATZ / CHRISD.CA)

Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen has been re-elected to his home riding of Fort Whyte.

McFadyen won with a large margin over NDP candidate Sunny Dhaliwal and Liberal candidate Chae Tsai.

The PCs were hoping to form a majority in the Manitoba legislature, but will remain the opposition as the NDP returns to power.

McFadyen was feeling confident Tuesday morning as he cast his ballot at Robert H. Smith School.

A poll conducted by Probe Research and released last weekend had the PCs trailing by three percent behind the NDP.

McFadyen Team: Ballot Box Sealed Due to ‘Irregularities’

Progressive Conservative party campaign manager Marni Larkin speaks to CBC reporter Wab Kinew at party headquarters at Canad Inns Polo Park on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. (SAMANTA KATZ / CHRISD.CA)

Before polls closed on Tuesday in Manitoba’s 40th provincial election, at least one ballot box had to be sealed.

Progressive Conservative campaign manager Marni Larkin said there were “irregularities” with a ballot box in the Point Douglas riding. The PCs are running candidate John Vernaus in the area.

Larkin also said there were reports of “cheating” involved as well.

The spoiled ballots will not be counted tonight.

Larkin has plenty of experience running prior campaigns — she was Sam Katz’s campaign manager during his successful re-election win as Winnipeg’s mayor in the 2010 civic election.

McFadyen Would Build New Personal Care Home in Dauphin

Hugh McFadyen (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen promised Wednesday that his government would build a new personal care home in Dauphin, which would add 40 new PCH beds to the area.

The $10 million facility will assist in providing care for Manitoba’s aging population.

“Greg Selinger and the NDP have absolutely failed to heed to advice of experts when it comes to our aging population,” McFadyen said. “A new personal care home will provide improved service to the community of Dauphin and to families in the surrounding region.”

On Tuesday, the PCs announced their plan to add 30 more beds to care homes in the Interlake region.

McFadyen Promises 30 More Beds for Interlake Care Homes

Hugh McFadyen (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Progressive Conservatives would spend $7.5 million to build 30 more personal care home beds in the Interlake region.

While in Eriksdale on Tuesday, party leader Hugh McFadyen said the beds would not only service that community, but Arborg and Ashern as well.

“Communities and families in the Interlake region have been dealing with this record of NDP neglect for years,” McFadyen said.

McFadyen criticized the ruling NDP, saying the government promised $200 million to build personal care home beds but had no plan for how the funding would be allocated.

A community organizer with the Lakeshore Hospital Guild was also present at the PC’s funding announcement.