Premier Brian Pallister and the PC party won easily, thanks to overwhelming support in rural Manitoba. They took every constituency in the agricultural regions in the province and the areas around the city of Winnipeg, winning some seats with 70 percent of the vote. | File photo

Pallister re-elected in Manitoba

The pollsters were right. The Progressive Conservative party sailed to an election victory last night, un-officially winning 36 out of 57 possible seats in Manitoba’s legislature. Premier Brian Pallister and the PC party won easily, thanks to overwhelming support in rural Manitoba. They took every constituency in the agricultural regions in the province and the […] Read more

Manitobans pick a new government today and if polling is correct, the Progressive Conservatives should coast to a re-election victory. | Screencap via electionsmanitoba.ca

Manitoba voters go to the polls today

Manitobans pick a new government today and if polling is correct, the Progressive Conservatives should coast to a re-election victory. Premier Brian Pallister and the Tories had a massive advantage going into the campaign, as they won 40 out of a possible 57 seats in the 2016 election. The Manitoba Poll Tracker, compiled by Eric […] Read more

None of Manitoba’s main political parties is threatening to reimpose the infamous hog barn moratorium.
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Hog barn ban less of an issue this election

None of Manitoba’s main political parties is threatening to reimpose the infamous hog barn moratorium. That moratorium, begun in the Red River Valley in 2007 and then extended across the province, initiated a contraction in both hog farming and pork processing in Manitoba. “We’ll definitely look at options for expansion,” NDP Selkirk candidate Mitch Obach, […] Read more


Left to right: Ralph Eichler, Terry Hayward, Mitch Obach, Martha Jo Willard, moderator Ashley Robinson.  |  Ed White photo

Man. election lacks controversy

Manitoba is quietly cruising toward a Sept. 10 provincial election with the four main parties striving to differentiate themselves. But for voters — farmers and city people —there are few major issues dividing the people and few major differences between the parties. In agriculture, the most marked aspect of the campaign seems to be the […] Read more

Kelvin Goertzen addresses the media after he was sworn in as Manitoba’s new Health Minister last week.
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Ag minister outlines issues of priority

Manitoba’s new agriculture minister is offering little to farmers for now, other than a government that listens better. However, once the government has been in place long enough, Ralph Eichler plans to begin implementing a “very aggressive program” of changes, improvements and additions to Manitoba’s agriculture policies, he has said since being named minister on […] Read more


Pallister hopes to create a stark new reality for the province: urban MLAs that care about rural areas and rural MLAs that care about Winnipeg. | Ed White photo

Conservatives vow change

Sticking to his few-promises approach, just-elected Manitoba premier Brian Pallister offered farmers few details on what he will do to improve their lot under a new government. But he said farmers will find his Progressive Conservative government to be one that doesn’t take them for granted, tries to make their lives easier, and which cares […] Read more

Pallister hopes to create a stark new reality for the province: urban MLAs that care about rural areas and rural MLAs that care about Winnipeg. | Ed White photo

Manitoba premiere-elect will address rural/urban split

Brian Pallister, Manitoba’s new premier, has been busily creating new words, such as “rurban” and “urbal.” He hopes those help create a stark new reality for the province: urban MLAs that care about rural areas and rural MLAs that care about Winnipeg. “We need rurban people and urbal people too, because we’re going to represent […] Read more

Manitoba's Premier-elect has strong feelings about a $4.6 billion hydro transmission line in the province and is considering halting the project. | File photo

Newly-elected Manitoba premier has strong feelings on Bipole III project

Manitoba’s Premier-elect has strong feelings about a $4.6 billion hydro transmission line in the province and is considering halting the project. In a conference call with rural media this morning, the day after winning a record majority government for the Progressive Conservative Party, Brian Pallister said he will make a decision on the Bipole III […] Read more


Manitoba's Premier-elect has strong feelings about a $4.6 billion hydro transmission line in the province and is considering halting the project. | File photo

Manitobans looking for change from newly-elected PC government

Just 13 hours after Brian Pallister was elected Premier of Manitoba after 16 years of NDP rule, Manitobans indicated they were expecting rapid and significant changes from the new Progressive Conservative government. Pallister and the PC Party will need to manage those expectations because hundreds of interest groups will want the government to address their […] Read more

Tom Nevakshonoff’s wife, Rozanne, manages a flock of sheep while he is in Winnipeg.  |  Ed White photo

NDP MLA enjoys being a farmer

This story is part of a series on farmers who are becoming directly involved in the Manitoba election. POPLARFIELD, Man. — Getting elected often forces a farmer-politician to give up farming. For Tom Nevakshonoff, getting elected in 1999 meant the opposite. Once he won as the NDP member for Interlake, he and his wife bought a […] Read more