Kelvin Goertzen addresses the media after he was sworn in as Manitoba’s new Health Minister last week.
|  Ed White photo

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

Ian Wishart has spent his career lobbying for agriculture and hopes to form the next Manitoba government.  |  Ed White photo

Candidate gives up farming to seek change-making role

This story is part of a series on farmers who are becoming directly involved in the Manitoba election. PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — It’s not hard to find Ian Wishart on a farm these days, as he is on this sunny morning in late March. It’s just not his farm you’re likely to find him […] Read more

Ian Wishart, left, PC candidate and MLA for Portage La Prairie, meets with vegetable growers Roland and Dave Jeffries.  |  Ed White photo

Water management priority with farmers

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — It’s hard to not be anxious during the spring melt when you sit beneath the level of rushing water flowing past your multi-generational business and farm. But for Dave and Roland Jeffries, this spring is unusually relaxed with nobody now expecting much flooding to occur along the Assini-boine and Red […] Read more


Politicians shouldn’t ignore small business

Across Manitoba, political parties are pledging to bring more jobs and economic prosperity to the province if they win the April 19 general election. These are laudable goals, but they can only be accomplished if Manitoba’s top job creators, small businesses, are thriving. Yet this is just not the case. Two-thirds of Manitoba small business […] Read more

Manitobans, who will vote in a provincial election April 19, are still waiting to hear what the Tories would do with Bipole III, if elected. | Robert Arnason photo

Man. PCs mum about plans for Bipole project if elected

For years, Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives have opposed Bipole III, a controversial hydro transmission line that will run from northern dams to Winnipeg. But Manitobans, who will vote in a provincial election April 19, are still waiting to hear what the Tories would do with Bipole III, if elected. “We will be putting out something (a […] Read more