By James Clark (Associated Press) The Manitoba Tories aren’t taking the “halo” off their candidate for Manitoba’s provincial election.
“The Manitoba Conservatives are a strong, independent, conservative party and we will be the premier of Manitoba in 2018,” Conservative Leader Brian Pallister said Monday.
The Tories have fielded two candidates to run against Pallister and are targeting the Manitoba seat of Fort Rouge-Mackenzie and the surrounding area.
The two candidates, former MPP Matt Kinsella and former MLA Randy Holz, have both been endorsed by the party.
“I think the people of Manitoba will be able to see a real conservative agenda for Manitoba in 2019,” Holz said.
Palmister’s announcement came a day after former Premier Brian Palliser told CBC’s Power & Politics that he plans to run for re-election in 2018.
Palmer said he would not be seeking another term in the provincial legislature, but said he intends to continue to be involved with the party and fight for change.
“We will not be giving up,” he said.
“We have to continue.”
Pallister also called on people to vote in the June 6 election to keep the province in the red.
He has been fighting for the Conservative government to stay in power for decades, but has lost several times in the past to his political rivals.