Thursday, 23 October 2014

Oh Pallister ...

Brian Pallister, leader of the Official
Opposition in Manitoba.

Image Source: Screen capture/Youtube/Natalie Pollock
Reading through the Freep website I found this interesting nugget:

Opposition Leader Brian Pallister said Wednesday night's outcome was a message of how dissatisfied voters are of the ruling NDP government, in light of the collapse of support for former NDP MP and MLA Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

Pallister said Bowman's successful campaign signalled Manitobans want positive change and for politicians to work together at all levels.

"This election campaign was about many things, but it did send a message that the same old ways are not acceptable to Winnipeggers or Manitobans anymore," Pallister said.

("Selinger says he and Bowman share several priorities". Winnipeg Free Press. Oct. 23, 2014)

So in this statement provincial Conservative leader "Positive" Pallister attacks the NDP while lauding the need for politicians to work together. Bit of a mixed message, eh?

Also somewhat ironic is a man with last century's values talking about how unacceptable the "old ways" are to Winnipeg. This is doubly so as Pallister's CONs acclaimed as a candidate for Kirkfield Park Scott Fielding, who stands for the old sprawling ways urbanist Bowman rejected.

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  1. Unless they pull off a miracle, the NDP will go down to defeat. The election results sent a clear message that Winnipeg is wanting change. Judy W-L aligns herself with the NDP, and it cost her the election. There is an internal civil war brewing, as 5 ministers have urged Selinger to step down. Many in the NDP must recognize that Pallister is no Hugh McFayden, and will likely be our next Premier, unless something drastic takes place. I will wait and see how it turns out.

    1. Pallister is very likely a more incompetent and gaffe-tastic candidate than Hugh McFadyen. If he wins it'll be due to fortunate (for him) political turmoil in other parties, not his own acumen.

  2. If you honestly think that Pallister is not as good of a leader as McFadyen, you are in for a very unpleasant surprise. The election in 2011 was McFadyens, for the taking. It turned out having McFadyen as the leader of the PC party, during the election, was a godsend for the NDP.

    McFadyen did not have that passion to become a leader of a province, and most Manitobans saw through it. He lacked the intestinal fortitude that Pallister has. Say what you want about Brian Pallister, but chances are, he will not fumble the ball like Hugh McFadyen.